Published: Jun 29, 2014 8:32 AM
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LOS ANGELES – NASA has tested new record designed to move booster — and one day even astronauts — safely down to Mars, with a group dogmatic a examination a competent success even yet a hulk parachute got tangled on a approach down.
Saturday’s $150 million examination is a initial of 3 involving a Low Density Supersonic Decelerator vehicle. Tests are being conducted during high altitude on Earth to impersonate skirmish by a skinny atmosphere of a Red Planet.
A balloon hauled a saucer-shaped qualification 120,000 feet into a sky from a Navy barb operation on a Hawaiian island of Kauai. Then, a craft’s possess rocket increased it to some-more than 30 miles high during supersonic speeds.
As a qualification prepared to tumble behind to earth, a doughnut-shaped tube around it stretched like a Hawaiian puffer fish, formulating windy drag to dramatically delayed it down from Mach 4, or 4 times a speed of sound.
Then a parachute unfurled — though usually partially. The car done a tough alighting in a Pacific Ocean.
Engineers won’t demeanour during a parachute problem as a disaster though as a approach to learn some-more and request that believe during destiny tests, pronounced NASA operative Dan Coatta with a Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
“In a way, that’s a some-more profitable knowledge for us than if all had left accurately according to plan,” he said.
A boat was sent to redeem a “black box” designed to apart from a car and float. Outfitted with a GPS beacon, a box contains a essential moody information that scientists are fervent to analyze.
NASA designed to reason a news teleconference on a moody Sunday.
Since a twin Viking booster landed on a red world in 1976, NASA has relied on a parachute to delayed landers and rovers.
But a latest examination concerned both a drag-inducing device and a parachute that was 110 feet in hole — twice as vast as a one that carried a 1-ton Curiosity corsair in 2011.
Cutting-edge technologies are indispensable to safely land incomparable payloads on Mars, enabling smoothness of reserve and materials “and to pave a approach for destiny tellurian explorers,” a NASA matter said.
Technology growth “is a surest trail to Mars,” pronounced Michael Gazarik, conduct of space record during NASA headquarters.