NASA SBIR SUCCESS STORY  Langley Research Center 
1996 Phase 2 

The BRS Parachute Recovery System 

Ballistic Recovery Systems, Inc.   

South St. Paul, MN 

BRS developed new lightweight material to minimize weight of FAA-certifiable parachutes. The BRS parachute systems are designed to decelerate and lower the entire aircraft to the ground in an emergency situation.
The BRS Parachute Recovery System
BRS Parachute Recovery System on Cirrus SR20
  • Standard installations Cirrus SR20, SR22 and Light Sport aircraft design from Flight Design CT (Optional on others)
  • Received FAA certification for a BRS system on Cessna 172, 182, and Symphony 160 aircraft
  • Received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for a BRS system on Cessna 172 and 182
  • Have saved more than 187 peoples' lives
  • Received First New Category Laureate Award from Aviation Week & Space Technology in 2005.
  • BRS registered with the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission as BRSI.OB
  • Have sold nearly 21,000 of its whole-plane parachute systems
  • Approximately $8 million in annual sales
  • 75+ employees
  • Technology improved pilot and passenger survivability in emergency situations on general aviation aircraft
  • Identified as a technology for the NASA Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS) Program
  • Received additional NASA SBIR funding to develop a controllable system for larger, faster aircrafts

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Curator: SBIR Support            3/17/06