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LOFTID Mission | Daily Current Affairs 2023

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✍Context: NASA completed the technology demonstration of its Low-Earth Orbit Flight Test of an Inflatable Decelerator (LOFTID) mission.

✍The cone-shaped structure will have an inflatable structure that is capable of holding its shape against drag forces.

✍ It will also have a protective flexible thermal protection system that will protect it from the heat generated during re-entry.

✍When a spacecraft or anything else enters a planet’s atmosphere, drag acts upon the body and slows it down, converting kinetic energy into heat.

Uses:

✍Bring massive objects back from Earth’s orbit, like items from the International Space Station.

✍Used for bringing back rocket assets after they are launched

✍•Help land humans on Mars

05/01/2023
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