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Image - A New Paradigm in Parachute Design

A New Paradigm in Parachute Design

As skydivers well know, it's a good idea to look before you leap-and to pack a trusty parachute, too. A weighty spacecraft zooming toward a planet's surface at several miles per second will, after enduring a superhot atmospheric entry, also benefit from careful planning and a reliable parachute. NASA has used parachutes for many interplanetary missions, and has largely ...

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Two Radar Eyes Are Better Than One

A novel airborne experiment over the flat agricultural landscape of the Netherlands recently simulated, for the first time, images that could be taken by radar satellites orbiting in tandem. Involving two aircraft flying in very close formation with each carrying a radar instrument, this first flight is part of a larger campaign in Belgium next month. Carried out by ...

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