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Center Independent Research & Development: GSFC IRAD

Atmospheric Re-entry Sensor Array for Temperature and Pressure

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Utilizing MEMS technology, we will be able to fabricate smaller sensors that are more apt to withstand the harsh environment of the re-entry process. Therefore, sensors can be reused if necessary. Material stability during descent would allow MARSA to accurately sense pressures. Moreover, MARSA can be reused for multiple re-entries just as SpaceX does with the Dragon Spacecraft’s heat-shield on SpaceX’s Dragon.

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