The rocket carried a deployable aeroshell known as a hypersonic inflatable aerodynamic decelerator
(HIAD), a broad, shallow cone consisting of an inflatable structure of doughnut-shaped tubes.
As a kind of steerable aerodynamic decelerator
, parafoil gets extensive attention in the rocket booster recovery.
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
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.
IRVE-3 is part of the Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator
(HIAD) Project within the Game Changing Development Program, part 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.
Cuthbert, "A software simulation of cargo drop tests," in 17th AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator
Systems Technology Conference and Seminar, Monterey, CA, USA, May 2003.