System Design Overview of the Mars Pathfinder Parachute Decelerator Subsystem

This paper presents from a "first principles" approach how the Viking parachute stability problem was identified and the design solution proposed that would both satisfy Viking design heritage and MPF EDL stability requirement. The design goal of the MPF PDS became to provide a modified Viking DGB parachute configuration which would satisfy the MPF EDL stability performance requirement while concurrently maintaining Viking design heritage.

Provided by: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Topic: Date Added: Jan 2003 Format: PDF

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