But it's infeasible to conduct experiments on the red planet, so to mimic Mars' low-density atmosphere,
"The vehicle did an amazing job of getting to the right speed and altitude," said
The experimental flight, which cost about
One of the technologies
The second technology is a 100-foot-wide parachute, which virtually disintegrated the moment it was released. In the months ahead,
"The idea of taking 200 pounds of Kevlar and nylon and deploying it at 2,500 mph, 200 pounds that inflated would be the size of a small warehouse, is certainly a challenging endeavor. There's a lot of physics with this problem that we're now gaining new insights into that we've never had before," Clark said. "And we're going to take all of that knowledge, and feed it toward our flights next year."
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