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Inflatable Re-entry and Descent Technology- Part 2


Advanced Inflatable Re-Entry and Descent Technology (IRDT) – Part 2

Tech Area / Field

  • SAT-UNM/Unmanned Spacecraft/Space, Aircraft and Surface Transportation

8 Project completed

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Senior Project Manager
Nietzold D

Leading Institute
Babakin Science and Research Space Center, Russia, Moscow reg., Khimki


  • Astrium Space Infrastructure, Germany, Bremen\nEuropean Space Agency / European Space and Technology Center, The Netherlands, Noordwijk

Project summary

The Inflatable Reentry and Descent Technology (IRDT) has been tested in space for the first time during its maiden flight on 09.02.2000 under ISTC contract № 1469. This flight showed the basic feasibility of the new technology although some further evaluations of the technology are necessary before implementing an operational system. This includes additional ground tests and second flight test. Thus the objective of this party project shall be to perform additional ground and space tests for Earth re-entry conditions with a velocity of ~ 7.3 km/sec and entry angle of ~ -2.0 °.

This includes the following major tasks:

– the execution of additional ground tests (aerodynamic and thermal tests) incl. the manufacturing of the laboratory test models;

– the manufacturing, integration and test of the flight test model;
– the flight execution with the launch and recovery services and after flight operations.


The International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) is an intergovernmental organization connecting scientists from Kazakhstan, Armenia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Georgia with their peers and research organizations in the EU, Japan, Republic of Korea, Norway and the United States.


ISTC facilitates international science projects and assists the global scientific and business community to source and engage with CIS and Georgian institutes that develop or possess an excellence of scientific know-how.

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