NASA Selects 3 Firms for Advanced Inflatable Entry Technology Development

A Global Aerospace ballute performs aerocapture for a lander at Mars (credit: Kees Veenenbos).

WASHINGTON — NASA has selected Airborne Systems North America of Santa Ana, Calif., ILC Dover LP of Frederica, Del., and Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company of Littleton, Colo., to support agency inflatable aerodynamic decelerator research and development, including work on the Space Technology Program’s Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (HIAD) project.

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Global Aerospace Developing Ballutes for Planetary Aerobraking

A Global Aerospace ballute performs aerocapture at Mars (credit: Kees Veenenbos).
A Global Aerospace ballute performs aerocapture at Mars (credit: Kees Veenenbos).

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Global Aerospace Corporation announced today that it has begun development of a Hypersonic Control Modeling and Simulation Tool (HyperCMST).  HyperCMST will be used for control studies for planetary atmospheric entry and descent, aerodynamic orbital capture, and aerodynamic gravity assist.

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