Author Topic: Simulating Mars landing with Falcon 9 first stage  (Read 1372 times)

Offline Eerie

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I just had this crazy idea. SpaceX could pile some sand+gravel+boulders on the LZ-1, simulating some of the environments NASA's Mars rovers had explored, and try to land Falcon 9 first stage on it, for an approximation of an ITS landing on unprepared Mars surface.

At worst, the rocket will fall over and explode, but LZ is just a concrete parking lot, so any damage will be easily repaired.

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Offline whitelancer64

Re: Simulating Mars landing with Falcon 9 first stage
« Reply #1 on: 06/29/2017 07:44 PM »
About as good of an idea as spreading gravel on your lawn and then firing up the lawnmower... and for the same reason.

But there's already a hazardous terrain landing zone at KSC that SpaceX could use if they wanted to blast shrapnel everywhere, at the North end of the Shuttle runway there is the ALHAT landing site that was built for the Morpheus lander.

http://newatlas.com/morpheus-night-landing/32321/#p271813
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:ALHAT_hazard_field_at_Kennedy_Space_Center_(KSC-2012-3945).jpg
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Re: Simulating Mars landing with Falcon 9 first stage
« Reply #2 on: 06/29/2017 09:46 PM »
It would make more sense to conduct high altitude testing, choosing a part of Earth's atmosphere that resembles that of Mars. This is how the Viking parachute system was tested, and the design that was developed back then is what is still used today on every JPL Mars lander.
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Re: Simulating Mars landing with Falcon 9 first stage
« Reply #3 on: 06/29/2017 10:19 PM »
It would make more sense to conduct high altitude testing, choosing a part of Earth's atmosphere that resembles that of Mars. This is how the Viking parachute system was tested, and the design that was developed back then is what is still used today on every JPL Mars lander.

They do that already with every entry burn. The NASA infrared video shows supersonic retropropulsion in Mars relevant conditions.

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