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Exploring the Solar System? You May Need to Pack an Umbrella

11 Sep 2018, 14:00 UTC
Exploring the Solar System? You May Need to Pack an Umbrella NASA

Gearing up for its first flight test, NASA’s Adaptable Deployable Entry Placement Technology, or ADEPT, is no ordinary umbrella. ADEPT is a foldable device that opens to make a round, rigid heat shield, called an aeroshell. This game-changing technology could squeeze a heat shield into a rocket with a diameter larger than the rocket itself. The design may someday deliver much larger payloads to planetary surfaces than is currently possible. 

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