These are images and movies from the ALTAIR 9 parafoil test flights at Garipay Field. The balloon was tethered at 500 feet and the parafoil vehicle released from there.
A9-OnBoard.mov This video was taken by the on-board camera and shows the various steering maneuvers tested during flights 1-4. Flight 4 ended badly.
|Parafoil rigged for test in the lab. Hi-res
||Vehicle at launch. Hi-res
||The ultimate fate! Hi-res
A9-4-Ground.mov This is a ground-based video of the fateful Flight 4.