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Development and Testing of a New Family of Supersonic DeceleratorsThe state of the art in Entry, Descent, and Landing systems for Mars applications is largely based on technologies developed in the late 1960's and early 1970's for the Viking Lander program. Although the 2011 Mars Science Laboratory has made advances in EDL technology, these are predominantly in the areas of entry (new thermal protection systems and guided hypersonic flight) and landing (the sky crane architecture). Increases in entry mass, landed mass, and landed altitude beyond MSL capabilities will require advances predominantly in the field of supersonic decelerators. With this in mind, a multi-year program has been initiated to advance three new types of supersonic decelerators that would enable future large-robotic and human-precursor class missions to Mars.
Document ID
20150008680
Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
Authors
Clark, Ian G. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Adler, Mark (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Rivellini, Tommaso P. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
May 21, 2015
Publication Date
March 25, 2013
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing and Performance
Meeting Information
AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference(Daytona Beach, FL)
Distribution Limits
Public
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