NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Supersonic Parachute is Already Breaking Records

This illustrated sequence shows the stages of Mars Insight's descent. Credit NASA JPL

This illustrated sequence shows the stages of Mars Insight's descent. Credit NASA JPL

During the ultrafast inflation, the huge Technora and Kevlar-fiber parachute created nearly 70,000 pounds of force. On the other hand, back in late 2017, NASA has released a video of the preliminary test of ASPIRE.

Last month, the 180-pound parachute, plus a camera created to watch it deploy, was launched on a sounding rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Also NASA say that ASPIRE has set a world record for the fastest opening of the parachute. 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 180-pound parachute inflated within four-tenths of a second after it was deployed during the test last month, in the fastest-ever inflation for a parachute of this size.

This wasn't just any parachute.

The Mars 2020 project's parachute-testing series, ASPIRE, is managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, with support from NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, and NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, for NASA's Space Science Mission Directorate.

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When you have a $2.4 billion mission on the line, you want the very best parachute money can buy to lower your invaluable rover gently to the surface of Mars.

National Aeronautics and space research presented a new development which will be useful and important for the mission, gathered to "conquer" Mars. If the mission is successful, InSight will be the first robotic explorer to study Mars' crust, core, and mantle and give humans a glimpse of the early formation of rocky planets in the inner solar system. "The ASPIRE tests have shown in remarkable detail how our parachute will react when it is first deployed into a supersonic flow high above Mars. And let me tell you, it looks handsome", added McNamee.

The 67,000-pound (37,000-kilogram) load was the highest ever survived by a supersonic parachute.

According to the recent revelation of NASA, its Mars 2020 parachute which is named as Friday is all ready for the mission.

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