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Argosy-MEM Ballute Deployment

After the Mars lander is slowed enough by its heat shield, a small Ballute (Balloon-parachute) is deployed to stabilize the Lander's attitude. The shroud that has protected the Ascent stage and the landing legs are deployed by firing explosive bolts. Once this is accomplished the ballute will be allowed to pull out the main parachutes.

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hgfggg's avatar
Wait... is that from that mars manual from the 90s I once read? Sure looks like it...
Thomas-Peters's avatar
Yes, the lander used in the Mars Crew Manual was the smaller version of this design. Bothe versions of the design were originally designed for the Boeing 1968 Mars study , initiated and spearheaded by von Braun, which I'm illustrating in this series of images.
hgfggg's avatar
Ah. Superbelated thanks!
jagrier's avatar
This piece is now in an art feature honoring the MSL Curiosity Rover - If you like it, please comment on the feature here! [link]
RobCaswell's avatar
Ja, bebbee! Dynamic. I thought you were going to add some thruster fire to this?
AbaKon's avatar
Today's inflight movies will be....Angry Red Planet. Enjoy!
Jimlogan1701's avatar
Sweet work, nice motion effects too.
karanua's avatar
Excellent shot! I love the POV and the way you've depicted the motion of the ejected panels. An instant :+fav: and a sure fire classic in my book.
Marrekie's avatar
"As I stand out here in the wonders of the unknown at Hadley, I sort of realize there's a fundamental truth to our nature, Man must explore . . . and this is exploration at its greatest." (Dave Scott, Commander of Apollo 15)
Ptrope's avatar
Very cool! Almost feels like being there :).
dragonpyper's avatar
Fantastic envisioning of what should have been.
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