video 18-January-2018 18:38:33

Free-flight field test at supersonic speeds

15 September 2008

A free-flight field test at supersonic speeds of a model of the ExoMars 2016 Schiaparelli Entry, descent and landing Demonstrator Module.

The aerodynamic characteristics in the low supersonic regime (Mach number between 1 and 3) were studied during a test campaign starting in 2008 during which the EDM was subject to dynamic instabilities. Each test consisted of the launch of a 92-mm diameter model of the EDM with a 105-mm diameter powder gun, at velocities approaching Mach 3. The models carried instruments for measurements during flight, and were recovered at the end of the test range which measured 150 m.


Last Update: 18 October 2016

For further information please contact: RoboticExploration@esa.int