Definition of drogue
1 : sea anchor
2a : a cylindrical or funnel-shaped device towed as a target by an airplaneb : a small parachute for stabilizing or decelerating something (such as an astronaut's capsule) or for pulling a larger parachute out of stowage
3 : a funnel-shaped device which is attached to the end of a long flexible hose suspended from a tanker airplane in flight and into which the probe of another airplane is fitted so as to receive fuel from the tanker
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This 3-ring system will be released by electrical cutting sending the drogue further away from the capsule while pulling all 3 main parachutes.
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Origin and Etymology of drogue
probably alteration of 1drag
First Known Use: 1875See Words from the same year
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