Reply to post: These things must be heavy or have massive ripstop stitching.

NASA tests supersonic parachute, to help us land on Mars

JJKing
Alien

These things must be heavy or have massive ripstop stitching.

I am curious as the weight of the chute that is required to slow the object down. Does the weight become exponentially heavier as the weight of the it is slowing down becomes heavier? Also, is the parachute just used to slow the capsule down so less fuel has to be carried for a soft landing or is the aim to use the supersonic arresting device all the way to Martian Firma?

Huge space interest but as you can see very little technical knowledge or ability.

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