Orion CEV Earth Landing Impact Attenuating Airbags - Design Challenges And Application

  title={Orion CEV Earth Landing Impact Attenuating Airbags - Design Challenges And Application},
  author={T. R. Smith and J. S. Ware and C. E. Willey and C. R. Sandy and Jerry Welch and Dave Wilson},
  journal={2007 IEEE Aerospace Conference},
Airbags are currently being evaluated by NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) as a candidate impact attenuation system technology for earth landing of the Orion crew exploration vehicle (CEV). The purpose of the system is to limit landing loads and provide stability, to protect the crew and to allow vehicle reuse. Other candidate technologies include retro-rockets, crushables, and hybrid approaches. In support of LaRC's investigation, ILC Dover has generated a conceptual design of an airbag… CONTINUE READING


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