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Parachutes can be a real drag to implement, but we've taken all that we've learned from SimpleRockets 1 and SimplePlanes and we've come up with something that works really well. To be honest, it's really inflated our ego and the only hard part about using them is the ground.
Parachutes will allow you to customize their size and color in the designer, as well as assign them to an activation group. You will also be able to re-pack them and re-deploy them during flight, which is something you couldn't do in SimpleRockets 1 (or SimplePlanes).
- Mass: 30kg (66 lbs)
- Price: $25,000
- Radius (base): 0.4m (1.3 ft)
- Radius (chute): Resizable from 2.5m to 15m (8.2ft to 50ft)
It really makes it easy to land on atmospherically endowed planets. Mars is still tricky though since its atmosphere has only 1% the density of ours. I'm curious what will happen if you throw a couple of parachutes at it, each with a 50-foot radius. That's over 15,000 square feet of chute. I can't say for sure what would happen. I haven't had the chance to try it yet, but it sounds fun.