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A giant cone of inner tubes stacked together may someday help cargo, or even people, land on another planet or return to Earth. NASA calls the spacecraft technology HIAD - Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator.
Learn the challenges NASA faces as it works to develop an inflatable spacecraft. Choose the right shape, materials and trajectory to use a HIAD to bring cargo back from space.
To successfully guide an inflatable spacecraft through the super heat of atmospheric re-entry requires the right stuff. If you inflate too early, your shape is incorrect or your material isn’t strong enough - you burn up. And if you get all that right and miss the target the mission is a bust.
Try your hand at landing a HIAD and become a rocket scientist. Advance through all stages at each of the four levels, collecting up to three stars for each successful landing.
The HIAD game challenges players to successfully land a HIAD after launching from the International Space Station and arriving at a target ground point on Earth. To successfully reach the target, players must:
•Undock from the ISS and use thruster control to steer the spacecraft towards the desired de-orbit point
•Inflate the HIAD aeroshell to reduce velocity and protect the payload from the heat of atmospheric re-entry
•Steer the inflated HIAD to the ground target prior to parachute deployment, taking into account the prevailing winds
•Customize the HIAD vehicle to achieve different performance characteristics to improve results
•Multiple spacecraft configurations and options
•Speed and trajectory controls
•Four levels of engineering mastery
•Scoring for each level
•Links to related website
What's New in Version 1.4
This version is an update/patch to correct issues due to iOS 6 release.
Looks cool but doesn't work
As far as I can tell it doesn't work on iPhone 6 plus, or iPhone 6.
Addicting but a pain.
Overly and underly sensitive controls with Atari graphics, what's not to love. If NASA is headhunting for a job, I'm in. As a game, it's lame at best.
Addictive and fun to learn
Enjoying the game
- Category: Education
- Updated: Nov 27, 2012
- Version: 1.4
- Size: 14.8 MB
- Languages: English, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
- Seller: NASA
- © NASA 2012
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), and iPod touch (6th generation).