Vorticity concluded its research for ESA’s Subsonic Parachute Trade-off and Testing programme. The objectives of the programme were: to identify a suitable parachute for subsonic deceleration on Mars; to improve the characterisation of subsonic parachutes used for space exploration; and to identify novel test and analysis techniques applicable to parachute research.
We are delighted to announce that the 16th International Planetary Probe Workshop will be held in Oxford University from 8-12 July 2019.As in previous years, the IPPW brings together scientists, engineers, technologists, mission designers, space agency representatives and students from around the world for a collaboration focused on exploring solar […]
The largest parachute ever to fly on a Mars mission has been deployed in the first of a series of tests to prepare for the upcoming ExoMars mission that will deliver a rover and a surface science platform to the Red Planet.
The SUPERMAX mission (Supersonic Parachute Experiment Ride on a MAXUS rocket) was flown successfully on the MAXUS 9 flight which took place on 7th April 2017.
We’ll be at the 24th AIAA ADS conference in Denver to present our work on the SuperMAX and results from SSHAPE #AIAA #MAXUS #SSHAPE
#SuperMAX is calling home! We have signal & confirmation of parachute deployment #MAXUS9. The SUpersonic Parachute Experiment Ride on MAXus, or Supermax, has been given a piggyback on Maxus-9, lifting off from Esrange Space Center in Kiruna, Sweden 7 April 2017. Sounding rockets are launched to the edge of space […]
The group in front of the Maxus9 payload represents only a fraction of the international team membership that worked on the project.
Our friends from @DiscoveryCanada filming the Huygens 8m parachute for its 20 year launch anniversary ably assisted by Team Vorticity. #huygens #cassinihuygens
The landing site of the Schiaparelli module and the parachute can be seen in the latest pictures provided by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) on NASA’s 2001 Mars Odyssey orbiter. The bright white object at the bottom of the image is believed to be the […]
Tune into the updates from ESA’s space operations centre as the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter approaches and enters orbit around the Red Planet, and the Schiaparelli module lands on its surface.