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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Airborne to Create Parachute for SpaceX

SANTA ANA, Calif., May 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Airborne Systems, which hascombined the world's leading parachute brands specializing in aerialdelivery, rescue and survival equipment, and engineering services announcedthat its Space and Recovery Systems Engineering team (formerly IrvinAerospace) has been selected to provide Recovery Systems for SpaceExploration Technologies Corp.'s (SpaceX) Falcon 9/Dragon system.

These systems will support government and commercial launch operations and theNASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program. The Airborne Systems team will design and manufacture parachutes andrelated equipment to recover both the First and Second Stages of the Falcon9 Rocket and the Dragon Capsule. The capsule will become a transportationvehicle to deliver cargo to and return equipment from NASA's InternationalSpace Station (ISS). In addition to carrying cargo, it is also beingdesigned to transport crew members to the ISS in the future.

"Our solution features a main parachute design from our family of largeRingsail products," said Tony Taylor, Technical Director, Space Market."The Ringsail was designed to handle the rigors of spacecraft recovery.Over the years, its unique design has proven its worth and is currentlyused on a number of spacecraft recovery programs including the parachutedevelopment on NASA's Orion Spacecraft. We are very proud to be selected towork with SpaceX as our entire team has been focused on developingparachute recovery systems for large spacecraft and manned spaceflight forover a decade," said Taylor.

"We worked with Airborne Systems on the Falcon 1 project and we arepleased to have them join the Falcon 9 and Dragon team as well," said ElonMusk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX.

About Airborne Systems

Airborne Systems has combined the core technologies of four of theworld's leading parachute brands; Irvin Aerospace, GQ Parachutes,Para-Flite and AML (Aircraft Materials, Ltd). The company is a world leaderin the design, development, and manufacture of best-of-class parachutes formilitary, personnel, and cargo systems, space and air vehicle recoverysystems, and deceleration systems for high-performance aircraft. Thecompany also provides ordnance flare chutes, airbags, and weapons deliverysystems. Airborne Systems' North American headquarters is located inPennsauken, NJ and Airborne Systems Europe is headquartered in Llangeinor,Wales in the U.K. Information about the various Airborne Systems productsand services can be found on the World Wide Web at

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