Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Planetary Penetrator



"Kinetic micro-penetrators are very light self-contrained spacecraft that impact the surface of other worlds at high speed and bury themselves into the surface a few metres. The advantage is that because of the low mass, they are potentially a low cost way of exploring other worlds.

The UK Penetrator consortium is aiming at launching a Lunar probe that weighs around 13Kg with an additional similar mass to decelerate and align it to survive impact at around 300m/s (equivalent to around Mach 1 on Earth)."

Space Penetrators

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