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Maraia Capsule Flight Testing and Results for Entry, Descent, and LandingThe Maraia concept is a modest size (150 lb., 30" diameter) capsule that has been proposed as an ISS based, mostly autonomous earth return capability to function either as an Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL) technology test platform or as a small on-demand sample return vehicle. A flight test program has been completed including high altitude balloon testing of the proposed capsule shape, with the purpose of investigating aerodynamics and stability during the latter portion of the entry flight regime, along with demonstrating a potential recovery system. This paper includes description, objectives, and results from the test program.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Sostaric, Ronald R.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Strahan, Alan L.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
November 30, 2015
Publication Date
January 4, 2016
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
Space Transportation And Safety
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
AIAA SciTech Conference 2016(San Diego, CA)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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