• Entry System Options for Human Return from the Moon and Mars 

      Putnam, Zachary R.; Braun, Robert D.; Rohrschneider, Reuben R.; Dec, John A. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005-08)
      Earth entry system options for human return missions from the Moon and Mars were analyzed and compared to identify trends among the configurations and trajectory options and to facilitate informed decision making at the ...
    • Sizing of an Entry, Descent, and Landing System for Human Mars Exploration 

      Christian, John A., III; Wells, Grant William; Lafleur, Jarret M.; Manyapu, Kavya; Verges, Amanda; Lewis, Charity; Braun, Robert D. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2006-09)
      The human exploration of Mars presents many challenges, not least of which is the task of entry, descent, and landing (EDL). Because human-class missions are expected to have landed masses on the order of 40 to 80 metric ...
    • Static Aeroelastic Analysis of a Thin-Film Clamped Ballute for Titan Aerocapture 

      Rohrschneider, Reuben R.; Braun, Robert D. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2006-05)
      Many authors have shown the potential mass savings that a ballute can offer for both aerocapture and entry. This mass savings could enhance or even enable many scientific and human exploration missions. Prior to flight ...
    • A Survey of Ballute Technology for Aerocapture 

      Rohrschneider, Reuben R.; Braun, Robert D. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005-06)
      Ballute aerodynamic decelerators have been studied since early in the space age (1960’s), being proposed for aerocapture in the early 1980’s. Significant technology advances in fabric and polymer materials as well ...