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Subsonic Parachute Trade-Off and Testing

SUBSONIC PARACHUTE TRADE-OFF AND TESTING

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.

16th International Planetary Probe Workshop 6th – 12th July 2019

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 […]

ESA – SUPERMAX

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. 

SuperMAX is calling home…

#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 […]

MAXUS9

The group in front of the Maxus9 payload represents only a fraction of the international team membership that worked on the project.

SCHIAPARELLI LANDING SITE

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 […]

Watch ExoMars arrival and landing

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.