MARS Lite vs. MARS Ballistic. Whats the difference?

Lite Aerodynamic Deployment vs. Ballistic Deployment – What’s Right for Me?
To put it plainly, no two aircraft are the same, and each and every aircraft will be best suited based upon the flight envelope, aircraft layout, and most of all, your budget.

How does FAA part 107 affect you?

Attention! FAA Part 107 affects you! This is not an issue to ignore, or something that will go away with time. Simply put, with the exponential rise of drone based UAS activity, safety & risk come center stage. Due to this, the FAA has stepped in to prevent risk and protect people, and whether you like it or not, FAA Part 107 directly affects you.

How Long Are Mars Products Under Warranty, and What Does This Cover?

All MARS products have a (1) year manufacturer warranty, which covers manufacturer related defects, errors or faults with the product at hand. For all warranty related issues, please contact us with your invoice / receipt of purchase, along with a description of the problem, and our team will assist you with any viable warranty solutions.

What Aircraft or UAV’s Will Work with MARS Parachute Systems?

MARS parachute recovery systems are designed to work with all manner of aircraft – anywhere from quad copters, hexacopters, octocopters, and even airplanes. In essence, if the MARS system can be mounted on the craft of choice, and the aircraft in question matches the system weight of the MARS parachute being used, the MARS parachute recovery system can be effectively utilized.</p>

How Do I Deploy MARS Parachute Systems?

MARS parachute systems can be deployed via (2) specific functions:
#1: The parachute system can be deployed manually via a transmitter by utilizing an assigned switch that is connected to the MARS parachute servo.
#2: The MARS parachute system can be deployed by utilizing the all new “Mayday” auto deployment system, which autonomously deploys the parachute system when an aircraft anomaly occurs.

What Is the Advantage of the “Mayday” Auto Deployment System?

The “Mayday” system takes all the work out of your hands and autonomously deploys the parachute system the instant an aircraft anomaly is detected. Utilizing a host of advanced sensors, the “Mayday” system works in perfect harmony with all MARS parachute systems, allowing instant parachute deployment. This allows your aircraft to be recovered more quickly & effectively, and can also save you from failure at lower altitudes as well. This allows you to mount your parachute to any drone because Mayday is a stand alone system that requires no flight controller interface.

Can MARS Parachutes Be Re-Packed After Deployment?

Absolutely! All MARS parachutes were designed to be easily & effectively re-packed by the end user after a deployment is made, allowing this system to be utilized over & over again without worry of failure.

Does MARS Offer Replacement Parts?

Yes! MARS offers replacement parts for all MARS products. If you are in need of a specific part, please contact your nearest dealer for support, and they will be sure to assist you in obtaining the part in need.

What is the Difference Between the MARS Lite 36 & MARS MINI V2?

Both systems are perfectly suited for the Phantom 1 & 2 systems, and both have their own advantages. With the MARS Lite 36, the team at MARS chose light weight, low cost and a smaller footprint when compared to the MARS MINI system. However, since the MARS Lite 36 does not use a ballistic deployment canister, the Lite 36 system will require more altitude to fully deploy, whereas the MINI V2 will deploy rapidly via the high energy compression spring.

Will a MARS Parachute System Bring My Aircraft Home Without Damage?

During testing we rarely need to replace parts. The Orientation of the falling craft can bend or break a propeller for example. Every deployment has its own dynamic, and when it comes to all the MARS parachute recovery systems, these systems are designed to massively reduce the drop speed of your aircraft, saving it from heavy damage or all out loss. However, depending upon a multitude of factors outside of our control, damage can occur with a full parachute deployment, although with our tests, such damage was mild at best, if any at all.

Can I Use Multiple MARS Parachute Systems Together?

Yes! If your aircraft allows, and your needs require a multiple parachute solution, you can use multiple parachute systems together for even greater levels of safety & security when it comes to parachute deployment. In the case of (2) parachute systems, a Y-Harness can be utilized, or multiple auxiliary channels can be utilized for proper deployment.

My Aircraft Exceeds the Recommended Weight – Can I Still Use the Parachute System?

In a case like this, the parachute system can be used, but due to the maximum design specs being exceeded, the descent rate will be higher than what we have tested, and aircraft damage will most likely occur. In a case like this, we recommend moving the next size up in parachute size (if viable to do so), or to utilize two parachute systems in tandem for proper payload management.

I Fly a DJI Phantom – What System Do I Choose?

MARS has a parachute solution for all Phantom kits in service today. If you fly a Phantom 1, Phantom FC40, Phantom 2, Phantom Vision, or Phantom Vision+, you can utilize the “MARS MINI Phantom Mount” with the MARS MINI V2 system.

For Phantom 3 pilots, please use the “MARS MINI Phantom 3 Mounting System” paired with the MARS MINI V2 parachute system.

With both systems, we highly recommend using the “Mayday” auto deployment system, as this will bypass the need for transmitter / aircraft modification for proper parachute deployment.

Will the Parachute Get Caught In the Props Upon Deployment?

With the use of ballistic parachute technology that activates via a high energy compression spring system, the chute is designed to clear the propellers for maximum levels of safety, allowing the aircraft to be safely recovered. However, we make note that when a parachute deployment is made, it is paramount to shut the props down as quickly as possible, thus minimizing possible entanglement with the parachute system.

With This Parachute System, Can I Now Fly Over People?

No matter how safe your aircraft is, we never advise to fly over people, as the risk is far too great. Even with every safety system in place, it is not advisable to fly over people, as failure is always an option, no matter how safe you fly.

Respect those beneath you by not putting them in harm’s way. Remember – these aircraft are big, heavy and sharp. Combine that with altitude & airspeed, and you have a potentially lethal object at work.

My Parachute Deployed, but My Aircraft Still Crashed – What Will MARS Do For Me?

We never like to hear of a crash, and even more, we are sorry this has taken place. However, outside of a warranty related matter with the parachute system, MARS cannot be held liable or responsible for any aircraft failure, as far too many variables exist when it comes to proper parachute deployment.

If you feel your parachute system is not functioning correctly, please reach out to MARS under the “Contact Us” link above, and we will do our very best to assist you with your needs at hand.