Subsonic Parachutes & ESA Mars Robotic Exploration Preparation Program

Vorticity was recently selected to prime a European Space Agency study in the scope of their MREP program to characterise subsonic parachutes for Mars operation. The program will comprise wind tunnel and high and low altitude free flight tests of a range of parachute designs and scales. Both inflation and descent aerodynamics will be analysed. Selected tests will subsequently be matched using CFD/FSI. The first high altitude sub-scale test was successfully carried out in May 2012.