The Mars Entry, Descent and Landing Instrumentation 2 (MEDLI2) will collect data during the Mars 2020 mission’s entry through the planet’s atmosphere to enable improved designs of future Mars entry systems for robotic and crewed missions. Understanding aerothermal environments, thermal protection system performance, and aerodynamic performance characteristics of the Mars 2020 entry vehicle also extends to designing entry systems for other destinations, such as Venus, Titan, and the gas giants.
Close analysis of MEDLI2 flight data is vital to future NASA exploration of the red planet. Extending on groundbreaking entry data collected by the MEDLI instrument flown aboard the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission, MEDLI2 will explore regimes not addressed during the MSL 2012 mission and seek answers to questions generated from examining MEDLI/MSL data.
|Principal Technologist||Project Manager|
|Michelle Munk (email@example.com)||Henry Wright (Henry.S.Wright@nasa.gov)|
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