Arrow Drop Test Scheduled for Saturday
August 12, 2004
2004 - With good weather forecast, Canadian Arrow, a leader in the race
for the $10 million X PRIZE, is going ahead with a drop test of its space
craft crew cabin from a helicopter into Lake Ontario.
The test, in preparation for the start of actual test flights of the main
rocket, is scheduled for this Saturday. Here are some details:
- Coordinates of
drop test are 43.36.00 79.23.00, just south of Toronto Island Airport.
(See map on following page).
- The drop will begin
on Saturday August 14th at 9:00am and finish at 10:00am with a weather
alternate date of August 15th at the same time.
- Four Seasons Aviation
Ltd. is providing the helicopter that will drop the crew cabin.
- The Coast Guard
will be sending out a notice to warn boats and ships to stay out of
that area for the 1 hour we require. There is a notice to airmen going
out to warn aircraft to stay clear of that area as well.
- Maximum helicopter
altitude is 9,000 ft with airspeed of approx 60kts.
- The parachute will
open before 8,000ft with a decent rate of 20 to 30ft per second.
- If all goes well
the splashdown of the crew cabin will be less than 5 min after release
- Following the test,
the crew cabin will be towed to the National Yacht Club and this will
give us data on how the crew cabin will tow in the open lake.
Our lead ship
is from the National Yacht club and is called the Grand National. It will
be positioned on the North West edge of the drop zone at approximately
2 km and should be a good guide to where to stay for photographs and video.
Geoff Sheerin will be available for interviews following the test at the
National Yacht Club.
For more information contact: Geoff Sheerin, Team Leader
Canadian Arrow - 519-659-5852 Cell 519-671-2690
For general information on our project please check www.canadianarrow.com
tests will be performed during the Canadian Arrow drop test on Saturday,
August 14, 2004.
deployment of a single 64 ft. diameter parachute. This test is to ensure
that the crew cabin does not tumble and cause the parachute to become
qualities of the chute and crew cabin during descent and variability
of descent rate.
while suspended from a parachute. A previous drop test from a crane
provided some impact data but the crew cabin was in free fall and not
suspended from a parachute. This test is essential to ensure there is
no unusual rotation and impact decelerations that would be harmful to
onboard the Canadian Arrow crew cabin will record position and impact
- A GPS will
show drift in the water
- VCRs will
record an astronaut's eye view of the parachute deployment for use in
- This is also
a first time test of our recovery of the crew cabin and parachutes using
a diver team from Cross Current Divers of London.
the drop test the team will need to successfully dry and pack these
parachutes at the Canadian Arrow Space Centre to test our ability to
be within the two week second flight limit of the X PRIZE.
After the recovery
is complete, the crew cabin will be towed back to the National Yacht Club
where it will be pulled from the water and hoisted by crane onto land.
A full-scale mockup of the Canadian Arrow will also be on site.