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Launchpad: Descent and Landing - It's a Matter of Control

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Published on Jul 13, 2012

See how a diverse research team at NASA Langley is using what they know about aerodynamics to tackle the problems of entry, descent, and landing on any world with an atmosphere. Learn how NASA's Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (HIAD) Team uses center of gravity to steer the vehicle and a unique inflatable heat shield to slow it down.

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