A HISTORY OF SERVICE AND MILESTONES
Airborne Systems successfully tests the “GigaFly”, setting the world record for the largest ramair canopy carrying the heaviest weight ever flown (40,000 lb).
Irvin awarded development of parachute program for NASA Orion spacecraft replacing the space shuttle in 2010.
Space X — Irvin develops the parachute recovery system for first stage recovery of Falcon I commercial launch vehicle for low cost transport of satellites to low earth orbit.
NASA Pad Abort Demonstrator program flies 4,156 ft diameter Ringsail cluster — recovery system test, demonstrating technology for a future manned spacecraft crew.
Irvin flight termination & mid-air recovery system is used on the Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM).
Goodyear, in collaboration with Irvin, uses a parachute decelerator system to safely land the Viking spacecraft on Mars.
Irvin’s first mortar deployed Spin/Stall Parachute Recovery System is used on DC9 development aircraft.
First aerial recovery of a space capsule launched from an orbiting satellite (Discoverer 13) uses an Irvin parachute recovery system.