I am just getting into the design for a return to launch system for use on high power rockets. The goal is to bring the machine back into the general area of the launch site in order to minimize recovery distance. If it could come back and land right beside the launcher, that would be nice, but 50 or 100 yards would be fine, and a whole lot better than what we have now.
The intent would be to deploy a triangular gliding parachute, Rogallo canopy, at apogee and use the flight controller (Pixracer, probably) to actuate servos attached via cord to the canopy’s trailing edge tips to guide the machine back to the launch site. It seems like this would be similar to an aileron only flying wing glider.
For this application speed is not a major requirement. The rocket body, and thus the control system, will be hanging some distance below the canopy. The two risers, one to each side of the canopy will align the body with the axis of the canopy, but it will all be flexible. So, it might be good to have the controller take a number of samples before making a cautious and slow control change.
Landing flare might be nice, but probably not required.
Anyone out there done anything similar? Anyone have any advice?