A STUDY OF THE ACTIVE CONTROLLED USEFUL LOAD PARACHUTE SYSTEMS IN TERMS OF SUBSYSTEM DESIGN, TEST AND METHODS
Taking into account the geograhy and the geostrategic location of Turkey, it has become a necessity to perform tasks which are time sensitive such as natural disaster, search and rescue and airlift of ammunition and supplies to operation zones by using unmanned parachute systems. Turkish Air Force (TURAF) Headquarters, in response to this necessity, has claimed its place in the race of possesing new generation unmanned systems and devices which are suitable for developing technology and other improvements of the era in the fields of aviation and space sciences. Within this scope, TURAF closely follows the active controlled useful load-carrying system technology which can be operated in two different options, remote controlled and autonomous, and aims to possess this technology by producing it using local means and sources.
Across the World, the system actively used for this purpose are known as Guided Precision Aerial Delivery Systems (GPADS). GPADS technology, which has not been used in Turkey yet, has been studied in detail with this thesis. In this context, a description of the concepts regarding the system TURAF needs has been made, and the technical specifications that the system on draft requires have been put forward. At the end of the study, it has been concluded that the system can be produced domestically with the cooparation of institutions and organizations in Turkey, and that the ram air canopy which produces the best flight performance results should be used during the design phase provided that the compulsory military standarts are met.
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