Strategies for landing large ballistic coefficient vehicles on mars

Tyler R. Anderson, Zachary R. Putnam, Robert D. Braun

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Large ballistic coefficient entry, descent, and landing vehicles are likely required to achieve more ambitious exploration goals at Mars. This paper investigates strategies for safe landing on Mars for vehicles with large ballistic coefficients, with a focus on maintaining sufficient altitude for terminal descent. Specifically, requirements and guidance strategies for the use of aerodynamic lift in the hypersonic regime are assessed over a range of ballistic coefficients. Results indicate that, for moderately high ballistic coefficients, judicious use of lift may allow safe landing. These strategies may be applicable to future large-scale robotic or human entry, descent, and landing architectures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624103902
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventAIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference, 2016 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Jan 4 2016Jan 8 2016

Publication series

NameAIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference


OtherAIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference, 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


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