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  • A Trip to Mars
    In 2020, NASA is preparing to test a Supersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (SIAD) that may be capable of landing larger aircraft on Mars. The SIAD-E is inflated by a combination of gas generators and ram air inlets, allowing it to fully deploy in less than 2 seconds in conditions up to Mach
  • Lowering The Toll On The Highway To Space
    . If successful, the 12-ft-long, air-breathing vehicle will use a supersonic ramjet (scramjet) engine to reach Mach 7 and become the world's fastest man-made aircraft. The previous record holder, the X-15, reached Mach 6.7. The X-43 will be attached to a booster rocket from Orbital Sciences Corp., Dulles, Tex

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