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
Recent Examples of drogue from the Web
Then saeber kicked in, launching the drogue and pushing Eustace into a downward position, facing Earth.
After the Coolidge jump, the team decided to raise the attachment point of the drogue, moving it from the seat of the suit to the back of the neck.
The team tried to fix the problem by introducing a drogue—a round parachute about six feet across that is supposed to add stability.
During an airdrop, a crew would eject the drogue chute into the stable air behind the cargo plane, which pulls the pallet and ensure a smooth exit.
The weapon is so big that, while the cargo plane is in the air, the bomb rolls out of the rear on a pallet, pulled by a drogue parachute.
United Parachute Technologies was part of a team that designed the drogue parachute main and reserve canopies, as well as giving Eustace additional flight training.
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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