Questions tagged [skycrane]

Questions about Ericson SkyCranes, often used to drop spacecraft for landing tests.

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How was sky crane (used on Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity) tested?

This is sky crane: Mars has 1/3 of Earth's gravity, so how was sky crane tested on Earth? Did they even test it at all? Did they repeatedly do the math, and make sure everything works so that they ...
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What's the advantage of a skycrane system? [duplicate]

Why did Curiosity require a skycrane? It couldnt use a bouncy ball like spirit since it was too big, but why couldnt it land like the viking?
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Curiosity: Rockets kick up more dust than a sandstorm?

I was reading the NASA page about Curiosity's crazy landing scheme, and I ran across this sentence: With a payload this size, the rockets could kick up enough dust to compromise the rover and its ...
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What problems led to the use of the Sky Crane system used by Curiosity?

We all know about the fancy 'sky crane' system used on NASA's Curiosity rover. The rockets slow the descent to 1 ½ mph and power a sideways parry to avoid the faster falling chute. As Sky Crane ...