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A young girl sets out to prove herself by resolving a long-forgotten mystery. But when she gets close to the truth, what she thought was a harmless adventure becomes a threat to the future of the independent commercial settlements on Mars.

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Supersonic Decelerator Test

NASA Is About to Test a Mega-Parachute at the Edge of Space

The system in question is a combination of a large parachute (Supersonic Disk Sail Parachute) and the smaller of two inflatable decelerator designs (the 6m Supersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator for robotic missions, or SIAD-R). (More here [pdf])

I’ve seen images of the larger SIAD-E a number of times, but didn’t know there was a smaller implementation of the concept. Interesting. As is its cousin theĀ IRVE concept (in a way the inverse approach, using a small nose and large inflatable body, the latter composed of a stack of smaller torii rather than a single large torus).

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