Mars supersonic parachute
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is currently developing future Mars program that may include land based rover and low orbit satellite. For the land based rover, it needs to be delivered safely to the Mars surface via a module that enter the atmosphere at supersonic speed. To reduce the rate of descent a parachute that can withstand a supersonic velocity is needed. The research that we performed is to investigate various parachute shape using a solid and fabric model using a supersonic wind tunnel.