Flight Test of an Inflatable Decelerator, or LOFTID

Jan 27, 2020
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NASA’s Low-Earth Orbit Flight Test of an Inflatable Decelerator, or LOFTID, was successfully tested on Nov. 10 to demonstrate inflatable heat shield technology that could help land humans on Mars. The heat shield is seen here on the deck of the recovery ship after it was lifted out of the Pacific Ocean after splashdown.

Image credit: NASA/Greg Swanson
 

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