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.
•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