A doll climbed into the stratosphere Last week’s heights, as part of ESA’s ongoing preparation for the ExoMars mission, scheduled to launch next year. The structural integrity (and reputation) of dollhouse parachutes was at stake, and the clip above shows it passed the test.
Several parachutes have been tested ahead of the ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars mission, which is set to depart for the Red Planet. September 2022. First, There was the 50-foot-wide first stage main parachute, which without problem slowed the test dummy falling at supersonic speeds. Then it came The 115-foot-wide second stage main canopy, which got the job done, with minimal damage.
“We are very pleased to announce that our first major parachute has performed perfectly: we have a supersonic parachute design that can fly to Mars,” said Thierry Blanqueart, ExoMars Team Leader, ESA. press release. «There will be at least two more opportunities to test this canopy design to gain more confidence,» Blanqueart added.
Blancquaert said that while the second main parachute didn’t work perfectly, He performed better than the previous runs; Two of those included unsuccessful drop tests in 2019 and 2020. Just in case, this time around the European Space Agency ordered some spare parachutes from the same US The manufacturer that made perseverance rover‘s successful awning system. Both parachutes were armed with their own pilot chutes The doll was heat shield. A missile propulsion system was launched within 20 seconds before landing To make sure the system slows down enough before you touch it.
The next drop tests are scheduled for October or November of this year and will take place in Oregon.