The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) currently launched and tested a new umbrella-like heat shield on 12th September 2018 on Wednesday. This launch has said to be opened the window for humans on Mars.
This all new technology which is called as Adaptable Deployable Entry Placement Technology or ADEPT. In this, it stores the folded umbrella inside the smaller rockets as they help in opening the handle-up in the space to protect the larger payloads, when they enter with the planet’s atmosphere, as said by the NASA’s principal investigator on this project Brandon Smith.
This shape now allows you to protect larger areas which are larger than the current heat shields. As per Smith, who said in a statement that when it comes to the larger scale, it can be used for something which is grand as human Mars explorations or even potential human cargo landing in Mars. He said this at the Spaceport America launch site which is about 80 Km north of Las Cruces, New Mexico.
It has been seen that the NASA is now preparing to send a new rover robotic lander to Mars in the year 2020. It plans to send the human astronauts in the year 2033. The rover will be searching for some previous signs on life on Mars which can able to demonstrate the technology that could help the astronauts to survive there.
The main goal of NASA to send the humans to Mars was set way back during the year 2010. It was done during the administration of President Barack Obama which was affirmed by the present president Donald Trump which is in last December.
Before going for the human Mars mission, NASA will be sending a lot of cargo there along with new heat shield that could help the mission for future if it works successfully. This new system will be used by the crew in the capsule so that it will be protecting astronauts.
ADEPT which was launched and tested with a Spaceloft suborbital rocket. UP Aerospace made it, and the test was done at the spaceport in Southern New Mexico. It was got deployed between the 100 to 120 Kilometers which is before the opening as well as it makes way back to Earth, landing at White Sands Missile Range.
As per officials till now no data was gathered as the shield was not recovered by them till now.