A ballistic chute could fire in the wrong direction. Unlike most fixed-wing airplanes that get into trouble, a drone could tumble with the loss of symmetrical lift, and the 'chute could be sent straight down toward the ground. Not such a good idea if the altitude is already minimal, or if the drone falls into the 'chute.At least on these vehicles you have somewhere to put a BRS to shoot straight up, unlike a helicopter and some pushers.
I could not agree with you more. I got my start in aeromodeling, like many here, and still use modeling to validate designs and concepts. And for years, we did our own thing under the guidance of the AMA and a dedicated membership, committed to safety and responsible promotion of the hobby. However, the uncontrolled and dangerous acts of way too many drone enthusiasts continue to ruin it for all of us. Of all the model airplane kits I ever built as a kid, there was always stuff in there encouraging membership in the AMA. Why? To promote and sustain the hobby in a responsible manner. Do you see any of this in quadracopter kits? Nope. And now we see the result.I'm perturbed enough already about this Remote ID NPRM......invasive species are pushing traditional modelers into the dust bin.
You are referring to maximising effective'ness of the chute, but if you are at half that height, then chances are the chute will still knock off some speed, and that might make all the difference.Parachutes only work above a certain height.
Umm, post #48 above, it's falls between post #47 and post #49.So, where is Choppergirl in this thread?
The Saturn V booster rocket had a perfect record. They were just efficient enough to get the job done.Weren't the Saturn V rocket ships incredibly inefficient and unsafe?