In chatting to Mat G. this week, he described how his rocket got stuck in a tree flying one of the computers. I thought that the FC should at least be able to try to help in such a situation. Snagging a parachute on trees is a very common problem, especially when the wind carries the rocket beyond the designated range.
We put together a Parachute Detachment Mechanism prototype (DetMech) that allows the rocket to automatically let go of the parachute cord after a predetermined time.
The full details of the mechanism are available here:
We want to test fly it next to see how the clamp holds up under high speed deploys. ... yup just another excuse to fly more rockets. :)