A Novel Aerobrake Design for a Mars Lander

by John E. Crawford, TRW, Redondo Beach, United States,
Ralph G. Colbert, TRW, Redondo Beach, United States,
Manual I. Cruz, TRW, Redondo Beach, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space III


A flexible/inflatable aerobrake is proposed for delivering small payloads to Mars as an alternative to propulsion landing. Some results that demonstrate feasibility are presented.

Subject Headings: Space structures | Structural design | Payloads | Feasibility studies | Space exploration | Mathematics | Mathematical models | Structural models

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