I have build a simple rocket to bring 2 tourists into space. The final stage consists of, a a MK1 Command Pod, a MK1 Crew Cabine, a small heat shield, and an MK16 Parachute. After flying a few minutes over 70k it will return into atmosphere in a low angle. When steered by a pilot (lvl1) I managed to splash down sucessfully. But I heard some strange explosion sounds while slowing down inside the atmosphere.
What are those explosions?
When steered by an engineer (I want to gain some XP), I could not prevent a crash. The parachute is deploying without my input at high speed. This breaks it a few seconds later.
Why is the parachute deployed at high speed?
Today I will try to slow down my capsule by attaching a few wings to it. A bigger heat shield is also an option but I haven't researched it yet. And I guess it will slow down the small rocket massively when climbing.
Do I have any other options?