Citing reports from The Filipino Times, the contest solicited innovative ideas which would help increase the lift-to-drag ratio of NASA's inflatable spacecraft invention, the Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator
Called the Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator
, or HIAD, it works like a parachute, using the drag of a planets atmosphere to slow the space vehicle as it descends toward the surface.
It primarily involves a set of inflatable rings, known as the Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator
, which will be filled with nitrogen and have cover of thermal blanket.
The Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator
, or HIAD, is being developed by NASA's Langley Research Center to decelerate spacecraft from the hypersonic speeds at which they travel when in space as they enter planetary atmospheres.
A parachute is an important aerodynamic decelerator
and is widely used in aviation, aerospace, weaponry, and other areas.
It's great to see the initial results indicate we had a successful test of the hypersonic inflatable aerodynamic decelerator
," said James Reuther, deputy director of NASA's Space Technology Program.
She is a member of the Aerodynamic Decelerator
Systems Technical Committee for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and was Chair of the Rocky Mountain Section of American Society of Engineering Education for the 2005-06 academic year.
Some subjects are electromagnetic formation flight, path planning algorithms for the adaptive sensor fleet, inflatable aeroshells as an alternative aerodynamic decelerator
, and mechanisms and mitigation of single-event effects.
Hoffmann to the American Institute of Aeronautics (AIAA) Aerodynamic Decelerator
Technical Committee (www.
NASA s Game Changing Development Program (GCD), managed by the agency s Space Technology Mission Directorate in Washington, and the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) are seeking innovative ideas for generating lift using inflatable spacecraft heat shields or hypersonic inflatable aerodynamic decelerator
The objectives of this activity shall be achieved through the following steps: - Identify and study different inflatable and deployable heatshield & hypersonic aerodynamic decelerator
concepts for atmospheric entry probes, and toassess their potential benefits for potential future Mars exploration missions.
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