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Published on Jan 28, 2014
10/11/2013 A prototype Mars parachute is pulled from the sky with a rocket sled. The test applies the correct aerodynamic force to a parachute that is too large to fit in any existing wind tunnel.
The successful test approach allows engineers to study issues and improve parachute design.
MH-60S Knighthawk Helicopter, 4000 ft Drop Altitude 135,000 lb Sled 100,000 lbf of Pull Thrust 50,000 lb Tripod Structure 2,000,000 lb Concrete Anchors 300 hp Winch to Fish in Parachute 2600 ft 1-5/8" Technora® Rope (produced by Samson) 2000 lb Pulley