Mars Perseverance Rover Successfully Lands due to Technora-Enabled Parachute

February 22 (2021

After a 100-million-kilometer journey, NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover touched down safely at its final destination: Mars. Once the Perseverance Rover entered Mars’s atmosphere, a Technora-enabled parachute slowed the 1,025-kg-spacecraft from 1,235 km/h to just 320 km/h. It did this within approximately two minutes.

Mars Perseverance Rover carried the heaviest payload of any mission to the Red Planet yet, including over 60kg of Technora. The parachute was 21.5 meters in diameter, and during tests was shown to be able to support an inflation load of almost 31,751 kg. More information on these tests can be found here.

Technora is a para-aramid fiber made from copolymers. It is eight times stronger than steel and offers a high dimensional stability and excellent resistance to extreme heat. These properties convinced NASA engineers to choose parachute suspension cords based on Technora.

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