NASA sets record with 'supersonic' parachute for Mars 2020 mission


"Mars 2020 will carry the heaviest load ever delivered to Mars and, like the previous Mars missions, we will have only one parachute, and it should work".

According to the recent revelation of NASA, its Mars 2020 parachute which is named as Friday is all ready for the mission. "And let me tell you, it looks handsome", he added. Friday, in turn, created a peak load force of around 70,000 pounds. Within four-tenths of a second, the parachute went from a cylinder to fully inflated. The payload was ejected, and when it reached the proper speed and altitude (23.6 miles high, traveling at Mach 1.8) the parachute deployed. In order to land their heaviest yet rover on Mars, NASA had to redesign an existing landing-parachute design - the same one that protected the Curiosity rover - with even stronger materials, including the Kevlar traditionally found in bulletproof vests.

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.

After the successful test of a parachute manufacturer ASPIRE suggested priznatsa for the mission "Mars 2020".

NASA said that the parachute opened four tenths of a second, which is the fastest result in the world with respect to structures of this size.

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The eight-episode series "On a Mission" launches today, letting subscribers follow along with the InSight lander as it travels hundreds of millions of miles through space in the hopes of landing on Mars on November 26.

While one of these was nearly an exact copy of the parachute used for NASA's Mars Science Lab, the other had stronger materials and stitching.

The 37,000-kg load was the highest ever survived by a supersonic parachute.

"Earth's atmosphere near the surface is much denser than that near the Martian surface, by about 100 times", said Ian Clark, the test's technical lead from JPL. It carried a payload that had separated from the spacecraft before it descended back to the ground.

NASA tested the chute with a payload launched from a Black Brant IX sounding rocket.