Our team has expertise in space debris environment models, conjunction assessments, and space situational awareness. The team has the experience to model the space debris environment using historical conjunction assessments or simulations of the future environment in order to identify objects for remediation.
The need for an efficient supersonic decelerator arises first for use in aero-braking planetary landers, but may also have other uses such as spacecraft crew escape and aerocapture of orbital planetary probes.Hypercone is a concept currently under investigation for use in such applications.
The Venus Entry Probe study is one of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) technology reference studies. It aims to identify; the technologies required to develop a low-cost, science-driven mission for in-situ exploration of the atmosphere of Venus, and the philosophy that can be adopted.
Aerodynamic Decelerators for Planetary Exploration – Past, Present and Future Co-authors Juan R. Cruz, NASA Langley Research Center and Dr Stephen Lingard consider aerodynamic decelerators for planetary exploration.
This article was co-authored by Dr Steve Lingard and Andy Phipps, Alex da Silva Curiel, Martin Sweeting from Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.
John Underwood and Sam Overend co-authored this article with Cirrus’ Jay Yeakle Testing of a two-stage reefed 27m polyconical parachute for the Cirrus Jet which was presented at the Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference and Seminar.