The Ram-Air Parafoil Targeted Object Return (RAPTOR) system is an autonomous payload designed for the simplification and cost reduction of high-altitude balloon payload recovery. RAPTOR is a low-cost, low-weight addition to any payload line, utilizing basic control algorithms, electronics, and commercially available parafoils. The navigational algorithms mechanically articulate the parafoil to adjust the descent path towards one of multiple predetermined landing zones. The development of the project is split up into several iterative phases, each of which entails the design, manufacturing, and testing of individual systems with increasing capabilities.
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