Mars Pathfinder airbag impact attenuation system

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The Mars Pathfinder spacecraft, scheduled for launch in November 1996, is designed to validate a low cost Entry, Descent, and Landing system and to perform scientific surface operations. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories teamed to design, fabricate, test and validate a prototype 0.38 scale model of an airbag impact attenuation system. A computer code was developed to predict the performance of the airbag system. A test program in Sandia`s High Altitude Chamber was performed to validate the code and demonstrate the feasibility of the airbag concept and design. In addition, freefall tests were performed at representative velocities ... continued below

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Waye, D.E.; Cole, J.K. & Rivellini, T.P. April 1, 1995.

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  • Waye, D.E.
  • Cole, J.K. Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)
  • Rivellini, T.P. California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA (United States). Jet Propulsion Lab.

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    Publisher Info: Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)
    Place of Publication: Albuquerque, New Mexico

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The Mars Pathfinder spacecraft, scheduled for launch in November 1996, is designed to validate a low cost Entry, Descent, and Landing system and to perform scientific surface operations. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories teamed to design, fabricate, test and validate a prototype 0.38 scale model of an airbag impact attenuation system. A computer code was developed to predict the performance of the airbag system. A test program in Sandia`s High Altitude Chamber was performed to validate the code and demonstrate the feasibility of the airbag concept and design. In addition, freefall tests were performed at representative velocities to demonstrate the structural integrity of the airbag system design. The feasibility program demonstrated that the airbag impact attenuation design will protect the lander upon impact with the Martian surface.

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  • 13. aerodynamics decelerator systems technology conference, Clearwater, FL (United States), 15-19 May 1995

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  • Other: DE95009849
  • Report No.: SAND--94-2287C
  • Report No.: CONF-950550--3
  • Grant Number: AC04-94AL85000
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 57206
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc696693

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Waye, D.E.; Cole, J.K. & Rivellini, T.P. Mars Pathfinder airbag impact attenuation system, article, April 1, 1995; Albuquerque, New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc696693/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.