‘Flying Saucer’ Inflatable Mars Aerobrake – How to Test It | Video

NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) system will lofted to 120,000 feet, via large scientific balloon. An attached rocket will propel the test article into a test trajectory.

The inflatable aerodynamic decelerator will quickly inflate and slow the vehicle to Mach 2.5. Then a 30 meter parachute will be deployed.

credit : NASA / MSFC