Do I Need Parachute Redundancy for my sUAS?

BY Alan Perlman
26 March 2016

Note: This is a guest post from the team over at Mars Parachutes. While I’ve never personally flown with or tested a parachute for my sUAS, I know dozens of pilots and companies who have. In this article, Mars not only highlights why using a parachute system might be beneficial, but how it actually works (that’s the question I get asked most often when it comes to these systems. I’m curious…does your sUAS include a parachute safety / redundancy system? Is this something you find useful? Would love any and all comments below. Mars seems to be doing really well in this niche, but I’m wondering what the macro demand looks like for something like this.

As always, fly safe!

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In the rapidly growing & dynamic multi rotor world, one common core has often been overlooked when it comes to the aircraft available today – safety. This key aspect of flight is crucial when it comes to keeping people & property safe below while protecting your investment above. Further this with the FAA being a part of your flight regime, safety becomes an element of flight that simply cannot be ignored.

DJI Phantom Mars Drone Parachute System

No matter who you are, what you fly, or how long you have been flying, a crash will happen – plain & simple. This is the unfortunate downside to any aspect of flight, and even though technology has dramatically decreased this chance of failure, multiple aspects of flight are simply outside of the pilot’s control.

This type of failure could be something as simple as a prop failure, or complex as a flight controller meltdown. No matter what the failure may be, the end result is universal – rapid contact with the ground below, ending in a costly and dangerous crash.

So, aside from pre-flight checks, experience, proper aircraft setup and a penchant for doing all you are able to make sure your next flight is truly uneventful, what else can be done?

As with any investment, insurance goes a long way, and in terms of the multi rotor world, your insurance policy can be in the form of a ballistic parachute that deploys at the flip of a switch, or better yet, with zero pilot interaction at all. This type of system is the last ditch effort of bringing your aircraft back to terra firma with little to no damage at all, protecting your investment, and most important of all, protecting people & property below.

MARS parachutes has developed a full line of parachute systems that fit several popular multi rotor aircraft, such as the full line of DJI aircraft. These systems can be adapted to nearly any multi rotor aircraft flying today, and come in a variety of sizes that range from a 36″ canopy to a massive 120″ canopy for large scale aircraft.

Deployment is very basic and can be done so via an extra receiver channel, or the most optimal way, via the “Mayday” system. This advanced system is an onboard flight computer that monitors the aircraft throughout the entirety of the flight. If an unnatural descent rate is detected, the Mayday system auto deploys the MARS parachute system with zero pilot interaction, providing the most optimal and safest form of parachute release. This system allows lightning fast parachute deployment, expanding the flight envelope of the aircraft in use.

DJI Inspire Mars Drone Parachute System

With the range of parachute options offered via MARS, multi rotor flight can take on a greater level of safety, confidence and responsibility, which will not only lessen nerves while flying an expensive aircraft, but can ensure a safe recovery in the event something goes wrong.

Considering the hefty investment of current multi rotor aircraft and the mandatory safety necessary to keep people & property out of harm’s way, a parachute recovery system is an option that every pilot should take a second look at before taking to the skies above.

If you’re looking for that extra level of safety & protection, please check out the full line of MARS parachute system via, and find the application that will work best for you.

Alan Perlman

Founder & CEO

Alan is an FAA-certified drone pilot and founded UAV Coach in 2014 to help connect drone enthusiasts, to provide world-class sUAS industry training courses, and to help push the drone community forward with a focus on safety and commercial opportunities.

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