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MARSDROP Landing Sequence

The stages of the MARSDROP landing architecture are illustrated.  The steerable parawing glider is capable of up to 10 minutes of guided flight covering a lateral distance of approximately 10 kilometers (~6 miles).  Foreground image is a MER scene.  Inset is from a high-altitude weather balloon drop test that demonstrated parawing deployment within speeds and atmospheric conditions expected during Mars entry.  The image captures the parawing and capsule descending to the Nevada desert floor.  

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