The objective of PDT is to advance the technologies associated with Mars propulsive descent.
Under the Non-Reimbursable Space Act Agreement (NRSAA) with SpaceX, NASA will provide support to a SpaceX-led technology demonstration mission to Mars utilizing a modified Dragon 2 entry vehicle launched atop a Falcon Heavy rocket. The aim of the Propulsive Descent Technologies (PDT) project is to advance the state of the art for high mass Mars EDL, and to advance technologies associated with Mars propulsive descent at supersonic conditions, a capability that maps into NASA’s ultimate goal of delivering humans to Mars.
Current technologies advancing under PDT are:
Red Dragon Technology Demonstration – a NASA partnership with SpaceX to perform an atmospheric flight demonstration of EDL at Mars, involving technologies such as SRP and Plume Surface Interaction.
Supersonic Retro Propulsion (SRP) – an Entry, Descent and Landing (EDL) technology that relies on retrorockets at supersonic speeds to decelerate a vehicle as it travels through the atmosphere.
Plume-Surface Interaction – technologies that characterize and model soil and bedrock erosion on a planetary surface, due to the effects caused by rocket engine plumes of large mass propulsive landers.
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|Michelle Munk (email@example.com)||Charles Campbell (firstname.lastname@example.org)|