ISRO successfully tests IAD technology to land missions on Mars, Venus
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The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on September 3 successfully test-fired the Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (IAD) which will be used to land payloads on Mars or Venus in the future.
IAD was designed, developed and successfully test-flown by ISRO's Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) on a Rohini-300 (RH300 Mk II) rocket.
It was tested from the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station (TERLS) at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
The IAD is being developed to reduce an object coming down from space through the atmosphere.
As its name suggests, the IAD serves to slow down an object falling through the atmosphere.
For demonstration, the IAD, made of Kevlar fabric coated with Polychloroprene, was packed into the payload of the rocket.
The pneumatic system used to propel the IAD was developed by the Liquid Propulsion Systems Center (LPSC), Waliamala.
The 6.3 m tall, Rohini RH 300 Mk II sounding rocket had a lift-off mass of 552 kg.
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