A High Definition 3D model of the Main Ringsail and Pilot Parachutes most famously used in triplicate on the Apollo missions during splashdown. Earlier Mercury and Gemini missions used solo versions of them.
Developed by Northrop-Ventura, the parachutes were deployed at 10,000 feet to reduce the speed of the falling spacecraft from 175 mph to 22 mph upon impact with the water. The main parachute initially opens in a balloon-like (reefed) state, before line cutters allow the canopy to disreef in 2 stages to full inflation. The Apollo version has a diameter of 83.5 ft, Gemini diameter is 84.2 ft, Mercury is 63 ft.
This model comes with simple red and white mapped materials which can be changed to other colours should users wish to use this as a general purpose parachute for civilian or military model applications.
The Lightwave version of this model has pre-set morph targets for parachute deployment. Please download the attached video preview file to see this in action. For customers using other 3D applications, they can download the free Lightwave Discovery version to view the Lightwave Scene morph setup and apply it to their preferred 3D package using the additional FBX, OBJ or DAE format morph target models included.
Created with Lightwave 9.6
Model has been researched and built using extensive online reference materials (photographs, drawings, videos) to make it as detailed and authentic as possible.
Suitable for HD video, high-res film close-ups and print
Accurate representation of Ringsail Parachute using original imperial scale of feet and inches.
Model contains the following:
2 object layers
15280 quads, 48 tris, and 0 ngons
Standard Lightwave materials (no texture maps)
HDRI skydome used in preview images NOT included in file.
No Photoshop or compositing used for previews.
Default Signature image Scene is included in file along with a second Scene including all morph targets and animations for each parachute deployment stage (HDRI skydome not included).
Preview Images rendered with default Lightwave 9.6 scanline renderer.
No Texture maps. Lightwave colour material only.
Model built to real-world scale
Units used: Feet and Inches. Model is 83.5 feet in diameter.
Morph targets are pre-set in Lightwave Layout Scene file for all animatable features/layers shown in preview and video files. Please refer to accompanying downloadable PDF file for more detail on morph targets.
Apollo Command Module ELS model NOT included