Video: Developing Landing Tech for Space

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Canyons, craters and burst ice fields on other worlds competence be stealing sparkling systematic discoveries. But how do we get booster to land on dangerous, disproportionate terrain?

A rocket drifting several alighting technologies was recently flown in a Mojave Desert. These moody tests, concurrent by NASA, are assisting to rise record for accurate landings in disproportionate terrain. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

A new NASA video explains how cutting-edge technologies could help. A complement called a CoOperative Blending of Autonomous Landing Technologies (COBALT) is being grown in a Mojave Desert, with appearance from several partners, including NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

JPL’s grant is a mechanism prophesy module called a Lander Vision System (LVS). It allows rockets to investigate a site during alighting and compare it with a pre-loaded turf map.

COBALT combines LVS with hardware from NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia: a laser-guided device called Navigation Doppler Lidar, that measures quickness as a rocket matches a position with a LVS turf map. Both technologies have been integrated onto a Xodiac rocket grown by Masten Space Systems.

The COBALT plan involves appropriation from several NASA programs. That includes a Flight Opportunities Program, formed during Armstrong Flight Center in Edwards, California, that saved a moody on a Masten rocket. The project’s growth was saved by NASA’s Human Mission Directorate and a Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) Game Changing Development program.

Source: JPL


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