NASA is developing a new technology that will help humans land on Mars. See the latest details
In the video above you can see some of the new technology developed by NASA that will help humans land on Mars. Indeed, it is not very convincing as a new technology, but it is more than you believe. Above you can see several rings that swell. This swelling marks the last test of the swelling system, which seems to be working great.
This "inflatable shield," as NASA calls it, will be part of a mission this fall if there are no delays. The low-orbit flight test of the Bernard Kutter Earth of an inflatable decelerator (LOFTID) will carry a polar-orbiting satellite this fall. The LOFTID mission will then return to Earth (after putting the satellite into space), but returning to Earth is complete stress for NASA. The tool you see in the video above will help the mission slow down and survive re-entry.
If this test goes well, then NASA also plans to introduce this component in future missions to Mars. Astronauts will be able to land safely on Mars if this inflatable instrument can slow down the pre-landing mission and survive the entry into the atmosphere. The inflatable system is designed to slowly expand the aeroshell to its final shape before re-entering the Earth's atmosphere.
NASA tested the inflatable system several times before this final test and claims that "Each inflation test was run as the system would operate in flight."
This advanced testing ensures that the component responds to commands.
Due to the successful completion of the final test, the inflatable system is ready to be integrated into the spacecraft re-entry vehicle.
However, there are still components that need to get inside the spacecraft, but by the fall, NASA believes that all the necessary components will be inside the spacecraft, and the mission in collaboration with the United Launch Alliance will take off by the end of autumn.
NASA: "The LOFTID project is a part of the Technology Demonstration Missions program within NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate. The project is managed by NASA's Langley Research Center with contributions from NASA's Ames Research Center in California's Silicon Valley, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, and NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California."
Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 02 February 2022, at 08:21 am Los Angeles time
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