Mars 2020 Parachute a Go, Third ASPIRE Test Sets Record

  • Mars 2020 Parachute a Go, Third ASPIRE Test Sets Record

Mars 2020 Parachute a Go, Third ASPIRE Test Sets Record

According to NASA, the payload dove back through the atmosphere and then deployed the parachute when it reached the appropriate distance and Mach number. The parachute of 180 pounds bulged out from a solid cylinder to completely inflated structure, according to NASA. Also NASA say that ASPIRE has set a world record for the fastest opening of the parachute. This was an important success for the space agency, which plans to use the parachute to help land its Mars 2020 rover on the Red Planet in early 2021.

Video NASA engineers have launched a huge parachute as big as a size of a house at record speed to prepare for its Mars 2020 mission.

This wasn't just any parachute.

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 September 7. In the Jet Propulsion Lab who are engaged in this project, stated that the management allowed ASPIRE will join Mars 2020. It's held together by over three million stitches and carried by threads of Technora, a strong synthetic fibre.

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

"Mars 2020" will carry a heavy load ever sent to Mars and, like the previous Mars missions, we will have only one parachute, and it should work. The first test flight carried nearly an exact copy of the parachute used to land NASA's Mars Science Laboratory successfully on the red planet in 2012. "And let me tell you, it looks attractive", he added.

The 37,000-kilogramme load was the highest ever survived by a supersonic parachute. And it is guaranteed to do well on the Red Planet since that load was 85-percent higher than what scientists would expect the Mars 2020 parachute to encounter.

"Earth's atmosphere near the surface is much denser than that near the Martian surface, by about 100 times", said Ian Clark, the technical lead handling the experiment from JPL.

"But high up-around 23 miles-the atmospheric density on Earth is very similar to 6 miles above Mars, which happens to be the altitude that Mars 2020 will deploy its parachute".