Gearing up for its first flight test, NASA’s Adaptable Deployable Entry Placement Technology, or ADEPT, is no ordinary umbrella. ADEPT is a foldable device that opens to make a round, rigid heat shield, called an aeroshell. This game-changing technology could squeeze a heat shield into a rocket with a diameter larger than the rocket itself.
The NASA Langley Research Center and Marshall Space Flight Center have released a Request for Information (RFI) related to their Low Earth Orbit Flight Test – Inflatable Decelerator (LOFTID) Ancillary Gas Generator (LAGG) effort to support access to Mars. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) invites Industry to submit a response to this inquiry