NASA will demonstrate a new Space Technology Mission Directorate-funded technology designed to support the potential return of science payloads to Earth from the International Space Station via deployed small spacecraft in 2017.
The space agencyÂ said Tuesday the Exo-Brake de-orbit device resembles a cross parachute designed to increase the drag and replace rocket-based systems typically used during the de-orbit phase of payload re-entry.
“Exo-Brakeâs current design uses a hybrid system of mechanical struts and flexible cord with a control system that âwarpsâ the Exo-Brake,” said Marcus Murbach, principal investigator and inventor of the Exo-Brake device.
NASA noted the warp system was designed to help engineers guide aÂ spacecraft towards a desired entry point without fuel consumption andÂ support the accuracy of landing future payload return missions.
The Exo-Brake projectÂ will reside on the ISS in supportÂ of the Technology Education nanosatellite which will leadÂ the Cricket Wireless Sensor ModuleÂ demonstration that offers real time data to TechEdSat-5.
Exo-Brake was developed as part of the Space Technology Mission Directorate’s Game Changing Development program, NASA added.