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.
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.