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Reaching High Altitudes on Mars with an Inflatable Hypersonic Drag Balloon (Ballute)

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXX
  2. Hannes Griebel
    Pages 1-2
  3. Hannes Griebel
    Pages 3-14
  4. Hannes Griebel
    Pages 33-43
  5. Hannes Griebel
    Pages 45-66
  6. Hannes Griebel
    Pages 67-77
  7. Hannes Griebel
    Pages 79-154
  8. Hannes Griebel
    Pages 155-168
  9. Hannes Griebel
    Pages 229-229
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 231-236

About this book


The concept of probing the atmosphere of planet Mars by means of a hypersonic drag balloon, a device known as a “ballute”, is a novel approach to planetary science. In this concept, the probe deploys an inflatable drag body out in space and may then enter the atmosphere either once or several times until it slowly descends towards the ground, taking continuous atmospheric and other readings across a large altitude and ground range.

Hannes Griebel discusses the theory behind such a mission along with experience gained during its practical implementation, such as mission design, manufacturing, packing and deployment techniques as well as ground and flight tests. The author also studies other ballute applications, specifically emergency low Earth orbit recovery and delivering payloads to high altitude landing sites on Mars.


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About the authors

Dr. Hannes Griebel completed his doctoral thesis under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Bernd Häusler at the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the Universität der Bundeswehr, München. He was ARCHIMEDES Chief Engineer and Programme Manager and is currently working as a Senior Spacecraft Operations Engineer for Mars Express.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Reaching High Altitudes on Mars with an Inflatable Hypersonic Drag Balloon (Ballute)
  • Authors Hannes Stephan Griebel
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  • Copyright Information Vieweg+Teubner Verlag | Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, Wiesbaden 2010
  • Publisher Name Vieweg+Teubner
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy Physics and Astronomy (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-8348-1425-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-8348-9911-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXX, 236
  • Number of Illustrations 183 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Aerospace Technology and Astronautics
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