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Center Innovation Fund Awards Phase 1 Proposal for Adaptable, Deployable Entry and Placement Technology Guidance and Control
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Center Innovation Fund Awards Phase 1 Proposal for Adaptable, Deployable Entry and Placement Technology Guidance and Control

The Center Innovation Fund (CIF) awarded the Adaptable, Deployable Entry and Placement Technology (ADEPT) Guidance and Control (G&C) Phase I proposal titled “Guidance and Control Architecture Design and Demonstration for Low Ballistic Coefficient Atmospheric Entry.” This project is to develop G&C architecture for planetary entry maneuvers, such as aerocapture and precision landing.

BACKGROUND: The ADEPT concept utilizes a mechanically deployable aeroshell with a flexible carbon fabric, a multi-functional element that is a drag-generating decelerator as well as a thermal protection system for planetary entry. It enables low ballistic coefficient architecture, which has been shown to reduce the severity of the entry environment for both thermal and deceleration loads. The Game Changing Technology (GCT) program is currently supporting design, manufacture, and ground-based verification of a full-scale (6-m diameter) vehicle suitable for ballistic unguided entry of a Venus lander. The long-term goal is to use ADEPT technology for aerocapture and large-mass delivery to Mars and other destinations, so development of a robust G&C system is essential for such missions.

TEAM: PI: Sean Swei (PI); Professor Behcet Acikmese (UT-Austin), Kenneth Cheung (ARC-D), Jesse Fusco (ARC-RE), and Nhan Nguyen

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: Ames Research Center Innovation Fund / Director’s Innovation Fund (CIF/DIF) program

Contact: Sean Swei

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