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Coming Down to Earth…Safely

On Saturday, September 18, the four crewmembers of the SpaceX Inspiration4 capsule returned safely to earth. The ocean landing off the coast of Florida went smoothly and demonstrated the months (years) of preparation, the engineering and the swift orchestration of descent procedures. The controlled descent begins when the capsule is initially slowed upon reentry into […]

Mars Perseverance Raw Images

Mars Perseverance Sol 2: Rover Down-Look Camera NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its Rover Down-Look Camera. This camera is mounted on the bottom of the rover and looks down at the surface.

7 Things To Know About the Mars Perseverance Mission

Tomorrow, the Perseverance rover, built at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, will become the next robotic inhabitant of Mars, joining another rover, a lander, and multiple orbiters currently at work on or around the Red Planet. What sets this explorer apart? There are multiple ways for you to watch history be made tomorrow. You […]

Up and Away- and the Art of Safe Return

Click here to read this article in Manufacturing in Focus Just 12 seconds long, the Wright brothers’ manned flight near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, changed the world forever. Traveling 120 feet at 6.8 miles per hour, the Wright Flyer made what is considered humanity’s first real flight. It was the start of a revolutionary industry: […]

The Final Countdown

We talked about our Journey to Mars, then we talked about the official launch to Mars, but now what? What comes next? Since we have a bit of time before we land on Mars on February 18, 2021 20:00 UTC, here is some key information on the mission itself, parachutes aside. “Perseverance is now on […]

Airborne Systems’ Journey to Mars

Airborne Systems has recently delivered the parachute system that will help the next Mars Rover land on the Red Planet. The delivery marks the culmination of three and a half years of intense design, analysis, and testing. In 2016, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), a federally funded research and development center managed for NASA by […]

Robert Sinclair, Chief Engineer of Airborne Systems, Will Receive NASA Public Service Award

Our very own Chief Engineer of Space and Recovery Systems will receive the NASA Public Service Award tomorrow, August 28th, 2019. This is NASA’s highest form of recognition awarded to “those whose distinguished service, ability, or vision has personally contributed to NASA’s advancement of United States’ interests. The individual’s achievement or contribution demonstrates a level […]