Thursday, February 27, 2014
A prototype Mars parachute is pulled from the sky with a rocket sled. The test applies the correct aerodynamic force to a parachute that is too large to fit in any existing wind tunnel.
The successful test approach allows engineers to study issues and improve parachute design.
MH-60S Knighthawk Helicopter, 4000 ft Drop Altitude
135,000 lb Sled
100,000 lbf of Pull
Thrust 50,000 lb
Tripod Structure 2,000,000 lb Concrete Anchors
300 hp Winch to Fish in Parachute
2600 ft 1-5/8" Technora® Rope (produced by Samson) 2000 lb Pulley
JPL clearance number: CL#14-0516 NAWCWD clearance number: 13-0171