Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Third ASPIRE Test Confirms Mars 2020 Parachute a Go

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Cary Marshall | 01 November, 2018, 01:32

Friday, in turn, created a peak load force of around 70,000 pounds. Therefore, the ASPIRE set a world record.

NASA launched a 58-foot Black Brant IX sounding rocket to Mach 1.8 to fully test the chute, which will play an integral part in landing the state-of-the-art Mars 2020 rover on the planet in February 2021.

The parachute is made from nylon, technora and Kevlar fibers which will allow it to hold heavier loads and survive when falling through the atmosphere. The parachute of 180 pounds bulged out from a solid cylinder to completely inflated structure, according to NASA. The parachute also set a world record during testing on September 7.

NASA's "supersonic parachute" that will play a key role in landing its state-of-the-art Mars 2020 rover has created a world record by deploying in just four-tenths of a second and surviving 37,000 kg load, the United States space agency said.

This wasn't just any parachute.

System Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research Experiment (ASPIRE) rozporowe rocket Black Brant IX, on Board of which placed the burden, writes Naked Science.

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When you have a $2.4 billion mission on the line, you want the very best parachute money can buy to lower your invaluable rover gently to the surface of Mars.

The parachute is going to use during the mission Mars 2020.

The space Agency announced that the parachute, designed for robotic and human missions to Mars, has passed all tests.

"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", said John McNamee, project manager of Mars 2020 at JPL.

According to him, the ASPIRE test in detail, showed how our parachute will behave when disclosure in a supersonic flow high above the surface of Mars. "And let me tell you, it looks handsome", said McNamee.

The 67,000-pound (37,000-kilogram) load was the highest ever survived by a supersonic parachute. NASA hopes that it can be used to slow down a spacecraft carrying the Mars 2020 rover so that the vehicle can slow in the upper atmosphere.

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