Setbacks (Part 3)

Part 2 here.

The new receiver and servo arrived, allowing us to continue our work on the parachute system for Project Redirect. After installing these parts, we were once more ready to test.  Our first test revealed new problems.  Even after the upgrade, the servo still had trouble releasing. Also, the new springs made the tube hard to pack, taking ~8 minutes in one test. Fortunately, these problems were relatively quick to fix and after applying some lubricant to the release mechanism and designing a packing assist device, we tested the system again.

This test went perfectly.  At this time, we are almost done with preparing the parachute system and are nearing readiness for our flight test.

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