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Testing Schiaparelli’s Parachute

Here is Dr. Steve Lingard standing in the NFAC* wind tunnel with the test version of the parachute that will slow the Schiaparelli entry, descent and landing module as it plummets through the martian atmosphere on 19 October 2016.

Earth Return Capsule Campaign

In June 2015, Vorticity will be flight testing six prototype Earth Return Capsules at the Swedish Space Centre in Kiruna, Sweden on behalf of the European Space Agency.

Networks

Celetrak’s SOCRATES conjunctions database is calculated twice-daily to aid spacecraft operations collision avoidance manoeuvres. This network shows conjunctions of less than 5 km between orbiting objects, including debris, on 29th October 2009.

Space Debris

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.

More Supersonic Parachute Tests

Vorticity Ltd completed a supersonic wind tunnel campaign for the European Space Agency last week. A series of small parachutes were tested at Mach numbers between 1.6 and 2.25 in the 1.5 m wind tunnel at CNRC in Ottawa.

London from 35000 metres

London viewed from 35000 metres. These images were captured during a recent High Altitude Balloon Flight from Oxfordshire on 14 November 2012.

Supersonic Parachute Tests

During September 2012 , Vorticity tested parachutes at speeds between Mach 1.6 and 2.2 as part of a research programme for the European Space Agency. The objective of the tests, carried out at the NRC Trisonic Wind Tunnel in Ottawa, Canada, was to improve knowledge of parachutes which could be used for future Mars landings and Earth return missions.