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NASA Successfully Tests Parachute That Could Be Used On Future Mars Mission

Monday 29/October/2018 - 09:15 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
NASA reported that a parachute designed to be used in future Mars missions — robotic and manned — has been tested with positive results، as the Technical Times said.
The new technology called ASPIRE or Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research Experiment was deployed using a Black Brant IX rocket during the early hours of Sept. 7. It carried a payload that had separated from the spacecraft before it descended back to the ground.
According to NASA، the payload dove back through the atmosphere and then deployed the parachute when it reached the appropriate distance and Mach number. Within four-tenths of a second، the parachute went from a cylinder to fully inflated.
The space agency boasted that this is the fastest inflation of a parachute of its size in the world. NASA's ASPIRE just broke a world record.
Of course، ASPIRE has been designed to perform better than ordinary parachutes. It is made of nylon، Technora، and Kevlar fibers that will enable it to carry heavier payloads in mind and survive a drop through the atmosphere.
"Mars 2020 will be carrying the heaviest payload yet to the surface of Mars، and like all our prior Mars missions، we only have one parachute and it has to work،" stated John McNamee، the project manager behind Mars 2020. "The ASPIRE tests have shown in remarkable detail how our parachute will react when it is first deployed into a supersonic flow high above Mars. And let me tell you، it looks beautiful."

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