Fruity Chutes Rolls out New Mechanism for UAV Parachute Deployment

Fruity Chutes has announced the availability of the new Hawk CO2 release valve, used for the company’s parachute deployment system for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

The valve can be integrated with the company’s Peregrine UAV Ballistic Parachute Launcher.

“We have been selling the Peregrine UAV Ballistic Parachute system for some time with the Raptor CO2 release,” says Gene Engelgau, CEO of Fruity Chutes. “However, the Raptor CO2 release uses a small pyrotechnic charge to fire a piercing pin into the CO2 canister. It works well and dumps the CO2 gas very quickly. But pyrotechnics are not available in many countries.”

However, Engelgau explains, the new valve is “completely mechanical and uses no regulated consumables.”

The CO2 gas is dumped from the cylinder in a fraction of a second and rapidly pressurizes the parachute canister. This ejects the parachute at a high velocity, explains Fruity Chutes.

According to the company, the new Hawk valve aims to match the high-speed performance of the Raptor Pyro valve without requiring any pyro consumables.

Initial units of the Hawk CO2 release valve will be available mid-December.

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