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Questions tagged [air-bag]

Questions about the use of inflatable balloons to cushion landing of probes/exploration vehicles on planetary bodies.

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Could a shuttle be built for Mars?

Mars does have an atmosphere, but is there enough atmosphere to glide, shed speed and land if there was a runway? What would this require from the shuttle, in terms of aerodynamics?
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Why is an airbag landing on the moon not viable?

In this related question, it was explained that the differences in design between a Mars rover and moon rover were too substantial to substitute one for another. One of the points made was that the ...
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How did the spirit rover land right way up after bouncing

After watching an animation of how the Spirit rover landed on Mars, I was wondering how the rover managed to end up the right way up after bouncing around?
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What is the “airbag” on the roof of the Mars rover in 'The Martian'?

When I was watching The Martian I really couldn't make a clue of this thing. And sadly all in the film that was stated about it (at least in the language version I watched) was, because they thought ...
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What are the disadvantages of parachute+airbag for atmospheric landing, versus rocket-based?

After Sojourner success, repeated by Spirit and Opportunity, it seemed like we had developed a fail-proof system for atmospheric landing for our probes: there's very little that can go wrong with the ...