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Why use a hemispherical parachute? Flat chutes ("parasheets") are acceptable for toy rockets. But when NASA wants to break down the fall of their expensive machinery, they use a "domed" parachute. Among the domed parachutes, the hemispherical dome is the simplest to envision and construct. A hemispherical domed parachute simply exhibits superior drag characteristics compared to a parasheet (Cd=1.24-1.54 for hemi vs Cd=.75-.80 for parasheet).


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Why purchase hemi parachutes from CATO-Chutes? CATO-Chutes is the best-kept secret on high-performance recovery! Once a regional East Coast supplier, CATO-Chutes now manufactures hemispherical parachutes for the entire U.S. market. These top-quality parachutes are designed and made in the USA, the old-fashioned way (one by one). Each CATO-Chute is hand-made from six gores of high-quality, low-porosity rip-stop nylon. They feature six flat-braided Nylon shroud lines that are fully stitched from the edge of the canopy to the crown (see photo inset) and have a spill hole sized proportionally to the parachute diameter. Spillholes are designed to reduce the oscillation of the canopy during descent as well as lateral drift. All CATO-Chutes come with a heavy-duty swivel attached.

Note:

The parachute size specification refers to the diameter of the main opening.


CATO-Chutes 8" Hemispherical Nylon Parachute
CATO-Chutes 8" Hemispherical Nylon Parachute


Availability: Usually ships in 2-3 business days

49-001-par8$10.49
CATO-Chutes 10" Hemispherical Nylon Parachute
CATO-Chutes 10" Hemispherical Nylon Parachute


Availability: Usually ships in 2-3 business days

49-001-par10$13.29
CATO-Chutes 12" Hemispherical Nylon Parachute
CATO-Chutes 12" Hemispherical Nylon Parachute


Availability: Usually ships in 2-3 business days

49-001-par12$16.09
CATO-Chutes 14" Hemispherical Nylon Parachute
CATO-Chutes 14" Hemispherical Nylon Parachute


Availability: Usually ships in 2-3 business days

49-001-par14$18.89
CATO-Chutes 15" Hemispherical Nylon Parachute
CATO-Chutes 15" Hemispherical Nylon Parachute


Availability: Usually ships in 2-3 business days

49-001-par15$19.19
CATO-Chutes 16" Hemispherical Nylon Parachute
CATO-Chutes 16" Hemispherical Nylon Parachute


Availability: Usually ships in 2-3 business days

49-001-par16$21.69
CATO-Chutes 17" Hemispherical Nylon Parachute
CATO-Chutes 17" Hemispherical Nylon Parachute


Availability: Usually ships in 2-3 business days

49-001-par17$22.79
CATO-Chutes 18" Hemispherical Nylon Parachute
CATO-Chutes 18" Hemispherical Nylon Parachute


Availability: Usually ships in 2-3 business days

49-001-par18$23.89
CATO-Chutes 21" Hemispherical Nylon Parachute
CATO-Chutes 21" Hemispherical Nylon Parachute


Availability: Usually ships in 2-3 business days

49-001-par21$27.79
CATO-Chutes 24" Hemispherical Nylon Parachute
CATO-Chutes 24" Hemispherical Nylon Parachute


Availability: Usually ships in 2-3 business days

49-001-par24$35.49
Cato-Chutes 30" Hemispherical Nylon Parachute
Cato-Chutes 30" Hemispherical Nylon Parachute


Availability: Usually ships in 2-3 business days

49-001-par30$46.59


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