Inc. designs and manufactures parachutes that are use
for the recovery of scientific payloads from high altitude balloon
flights. The parachutes come with a loop sewn on the apex of
the chute that is used to attach it to the base of the balloon.
The payload hangs from the risers of the open parachute. The Rocketman
chutes have been successfully used hundreds of times, including
a 75 lb recovery from over 380,000 feet. Call Rocketman Enterprise
at 952-881-6260 for availably or if ordering
outside the US, please call for shipping and handling charges.
Payload Recovery Parachutes
are made of Low-porosity 1.1 Rip-stop Nylon.
Adjustable descent (pat#5472394)
Quick, soft, reliable deployment
No shock cord required
Reinforced with nylon webbing
Tubular shroud lines sewn over the top of the canopy
Positive controlled deployment
4 shroud lines reduce chances of tangling
More stable than cross-form or conical chutes
Professionally designed at a fair price
Made in the USA
Available in a variety of colors
Payload Recovery Parachutes
Rocketman Parachute Descent Rates
ROCKETMAN PARACHUTE DECENT RATES These calculations will help you to predict
the speed at which your Balloon Payload will descend with Rocketman
Parachutes. Note that it is only an estimate, and values will
vary with wind, different air pressures, and the size and shape
of the payload.
III Vista Globo (Superior) 10
This parachute has worked 3 times at ~100,000 feet 3 years in
The Works - Balloon
Launch of BHALDI III & IV
The Works' Balloon Launch
See the world from space!
Saturday, May 7th, 9:45 am - Noon
At Oakwood Elementary School in
Plymouth Hands-on activities until noon. The Works launched 2
weather balloons into near space! Each balloon carried a payload
consisting of still cameras, HD video cameras, and other data
capturing equipment. Thanks to the 200 people who participated
in this great family event! Check out the photos below.
This launch has been named
Gemini. If you remember the first manned NASA programs, Gemini
was the second manned space program for NASA. The first program,
Mercury, was just to get into space; to successfully launch and
recover spacecraft. We have done that with our last four launches.
The Gemini Program extended that and tested men and equipment.
here to learn more.
Blue Dot Project
As part of my OurPaleBlueDot
project; we are launching High Alt balloons from countries of
very low-income, and/or with conflicts of political racial or
We are using your stuff for recovery...
and am leaving the kit I've been buying from you over the last
months with students as we go so they can take it further and
Cambodia was our first 'rough country' deployment; we are accumulating
gear for Thailand; and maybe kenya or Tanzania or Bangladesh will
be next. I even have an offer to go to Tajikistan.
Depending on the regulations of
each country things need to adjust (eg in Cambodia, you need a
signature of the Minister of Communications himself to get an
amateur radio license).
All my best!
The $150 Edge-of-Space
Camera: MIT Students
Beat NASA On Beer-Money Budget
Meet the $150 (almost to) Space Camera.
Bespoke is old hat. Off-the-shelf
is in. Even Google runs the world's biggest and scariest server
farms on computers home-made from commodity parts. DIY is cheaper
and often better, as Justin Lee and Oliver Yeh found out when
they decided to send a camera into space. Click
here to read the rest of the story.
Payload Recovery Parachute Story
Rocketman's Payload Recovery Parachute
June 21, 2010 / Successful Test Flight
June 21 I launched a 1,200g weather balloon to 93,757 feet. The
rig included one of your five foot parachutes. We recovered the
parachute and capsule. The photos are online at Thanks
for your wonderful parachutes.
Rubber Chicken Flies into Solar Radiation Storm
April 19, 2012: Last month, when the sun unleashed the
most intense radiation storm since 2003, peppering satellites
with charged particles and igniting strong auroras around both
poles, a group of high school
students in Bishop, California, knew just what to do.
They launched a rubber chicken.
A Rocketman High
Altitude Balloon Payload Recovery Chute was
used in the recovery of the payload from this launch.
...Click below for the whole story.
7th-grader's Hello Kitty figure journeys to outer space
Beam me up, Kitty.
Lauren Rojas, a seventh-grader from Antioch, Calif., sent her Hello Kitty doll more
than 90,000 feet into space for a science project and footage of the doll's journey to
the final frontier is causing a sensation on the Web. Click here to read the whole story...
Great success with the 6 foot parachute!
I'm the leader of a group of women in aerospace engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. We recently launched a high altitude balloon with six payloads up to over 100,000 feet. We used the B6 six foot chute and it worked PERFECTLY. Our entire series of payloads was recovered in perfect condition in a nice grassy field about 80 miles from our launch site. Thanks for making such a great product! Recovering everything safely allowed us to retrieve the amazing pictures and video we recorded during the flight and up to 100,216 feet, as well as data from our pressure sensors, accelerometers, temperature sensors, light intensity meters, etc.
High Altitude Balloon (camera
with OLED screen)
Thanks to your rocketman parachute, I've successfully recovered
my HAB payload last week! The payload was integrating a Raspberry
PI with OLED screen, I've created a blog describing the project
(and linking to rocketman site for the hardware):