Cutter test

To improve the cutter design for ejecting the parachute, Gustav and David suggested a new design some time ago. The design has since then been discussed together with some of the members of the LAPLander team and a decision to test the performance of such a cutter where taken. The design of the new cutter is quite simple and consists of a pipe made of ceramics with good heat propagating properties. The pipe is then threaded and a cantal wire is twisted around it. The result is that the cutter works as an owen and melts the rope which is guided through the pipe. The test showed that the cutter performs quite well even in this early stage even if there are a number of improvements that needs to be added to the design.

The new cutter with an enthusiastic David behind it

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