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EDL Technology Development for the Maraia Earth Return Capsule

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EDL Technology Development for the Maraia Earth Return Capsule
This test will investigate and inform the design of the Entry Descent and Landing (EDL) subsystems for a small earth return capsule. Such a capsule design would then allow for the on-demand return of small samples from the ISS and provide for the advancement of other exploration related EDL technologies, by acting as an earth atmospheric entry test-bed. (Maraia launched on November 6, 2015 from Spaceport America. Separation and descent appeared normal, parachute anomaly – search for capsule terminated. Capsule not recovered.) More »

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