Developing a flight strategy to land heavier vehicles on Mars

Developing a flight strategy to land heavier vehicles on Mars 2

The heaviest vehicle to successfully land on Mars is the Curiosity Rover at 1 metric ton, about 2,200 pounds. Sending more ambitious robotic missions to the surface of Mars, and eventually humans, will require landed payload masses in the 5- to 20-ton range. To do that, we need to figure out how to land more mass. That was the goal of a recent study. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190211164025.htm