College of Engineering and Polymer Science

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-05 22:17:55


Aerospace Systems Engineering

Honors Course

4900 497 001

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Summer 2022


This paper describes the design process of a CO2 based parachute deployment system for the Akronauts Rocket Design team, with particular emphasis on the selection of methodologies of deployment as well as design iteration. The objective was to create a fully mechanical system in order to replace the black powder based systems that were used previously by the team.

Emphasis was put in creating a system that would function well at higher altitudes while also preventing damage to the parachute during deployment. This system emphasizes robustness under launch conditions.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Daniel Raible

First Reader

Dr. Scott Sawyer

Second Reader

Dr. Chen Ling

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Scott Sawyer

Proprietary and/or Confidential Information


WHC Final Signature Document (2).pdf (393 kB)
Final signature form for project

Signed Title Form.pdf (477 kB)
Title Form from initial stages of project



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