xeni at May 20th, 2014 16:18 — #1
crenquis at May 20th, 2014 19:03 — #2
Cool, but I was a bit disappointed since it is just a fancy parachute, not some amazing aircraft... I would still like a ride in the super-sonic air-bag parachute tester!
Three devices are in development. The first two are supersonic inflatable aerodynamic decelerators -- very large, durable, balloon-like pressure vessels that inflate around the entry vehicle and slow it from Mach 3.5 or greater to Mach 2 or lower. These decelerators are being developed in 6-meter-diameter and 8-meter-diameter configurations. Also in development is a 30.5-meter-diameter parachute that will further slow the entry vehicle from Mach 1.5 or Mach 2 to subsonic speeds. All three devices will be the largest of their kind ever flown at speeds several times greater than the speed of sound.
boundegar at May 20th, 2014 22:55 — #3
Real flying saucers look way cooler.
jardine at May 21st, 2014 04:07 — #4
xeni at May 25th, 2014 16:18 — #5
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