NASA to test stacked toroid decelerator in supersonic tunnel

by | Jul 16, 2009 | Seradata News | 5 comments

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NASA is requsting proposals for provision of a supersonic stacked toroid Inflatable decelerator model for its fundamental aeronautics programme supersonics and hypersonic projects

The above image shows NASA’s design for a supersonic stacked toroid inflatable decelerator model. The delivered model will be tested in a supersonic wind tunnel at Ames Research Center and Glenn Reseach Center for the space agency’s fundamental aeronautics programme supersonics and hypersonic projects that is researching the slowing down of large spacecraft, which could be pre-deployed assets for a Martian base or a manned descent vehicle, in the supersonic speed regime as they enter planetary atmospheres

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