WASHINGTON: NASA’s supersonic parachute made a world record by only being active in only four-tenths of a second and placing 37,000 kg of weight.
This supersonic parachute will play an important role in NASA’s highly ambitious 2020 Mars mission, in which it will act as a landing on the surface of Mars.
US space agency NASA said in a statement that within a mere two minutes of the launch of the 17.7 meter long Black Brent IX sounding rocket, a payload of it separated and came back through the Earth’s atmosphere.
It was said in the statement that when the sensor kept in the plane determined that the payload has reached the appropriate height (38 km height) and Mac number 1.8, the payload has given the parachute.
This parachute was fully spread within the four-fourths of a second. According to NASA, it was the fastest process in history, when the size of the parachute with the shape of the opening was seen.
This parachute has been made from nylon, teknora and Kevlar fibers. The sounding rockets are being tested in a series of Advanced Supersonic Parachute Infusion Research Experiment (Aspire) project by Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which is preparing the parachute used on the Mars 2020 mission.
NASA will launch heavy equipment under Mars 2020 campaign on Mars, in which this parachute will be used.