Inconvenient: any heavy spacecraft trying to land vertically on Mars might end up collapsing into a crater made by its own rocket plume 😬
Could humans be too heavy to land on Mars? skyatnightmagazine.com/space…
Interesting article. Counterpoints are: 1) don’t land on deep sand 2) experience with rovers says the regolith is stable 3) plenty of flat bedrock to land on 4) sky crane 5) angled landing thrusters? 6) crater shapes are well understood and likely manageable with landing gear
I’d be interested to know how sure we can be ahead of time about the stability of a particular landing site under the kind of stress a heavy rocket would create. Angled thrusters or some kind of sky crane seem like they’d solve it, if they could work for such a heavy load.
12:08 AM · Oct 24, 2021