Copyright © 2007 Ron Bennett. Published by the Mars Society with permission
New Martian Landing Technique for Future Missions Insures an Automated Pinpoint Cost effective and safe Landing on Mars
Old methods of landing a device on Mars were mostly unsuccessful as a result Mars is littered with broken Landers that didnÕt land on its surface safely. With a new proposed landing technique, landing on Mars for robotic mission will be more cost effective and safer. Because the Martian atmosphereÕs density varies at the time of the insertion it is so unpredictable to know exactly what you are about to face. We examine all the past and present Landing techniques while proposing another type that mostly uses parachutes.
This is the time we introduce a new type of Martian landing technique and compare its cost effectiveness to the others proposed methods including the new proposed SkyCrain. Our method is in the landing test mode here on earth with what we hope to scale up to a larger load carrying device in the future. Our Skyclimbing device, The SkyClimber, uses a new way to land here on earth and on other atmospheric rich worlds like Mars. It lands by recoiling up a tether line with the help of a winding device towards a parachute above just before impact to slow the robotic craft down safely on the surface. It does this by using more parachutes to help slow the speed down before landing and it is activated.