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Argosy-MEM Ballute Deployment by Drell-7 Argosy-MEM Ballute Deployment by Drell-7
After the Mars lander is slowed enough by its heat shield, a small Ballute (Balloon-parachute) is deployed to stabilize the Lander's attitude. The shroud that has protected the Ascent stage and the landing legs are deployed by firing explosive bolts. Once this is accomplished the ballute will be allowed to pull out the main parachutes.

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hgfggg Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Wait... is that from that mars manual from the 90s I once read? Sure looks like it...
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yes, the lander used in the Mars Crew Manual was the smaller version of this design. Bothe versions of the design were originally designed for the Boeing 1968 Mars study , initiated and spearheaded by von Braun, which I'm illustrating in this series of images.
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hgfggg Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Ah. Superbelated thanks!
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jagrier Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Professional Writer
This piece is now in an art feature honoring the MSL Curiosity Rover - If you like it, please comment on the feature here! [link]
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ja, bebbee! Dynamic. I thought you were going to add some thruster fire to this?
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Writer
Today's inflight movies will be....Angry Red Planet. Enjoy!
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Jimlogan1701 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sweet work, nice motion effects too.
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karanua Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent shot! I love the POV and the way you've depicted the motion of the ejected panels. An instant :+fav: and a sure fire classic in my book.
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Marrekie Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
"As I stand out here in the wonders of the unknown at Hadley, I sort of realize there's a fundamental truth to our nature, Man must explore . . . and this is exploration at its greatest." (Dave Scott, Commander of Apollo 15)
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Ptrope Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool! Almost feels like being there :).
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dragonpyper Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
Fantastic envisioning of what should have been.
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