NASA recently unveiled the Low Density Supersonic Decelerator, a disc-shaped spacecraft which could potentially deliver supplies for future manned Mars missions.
See: Engineering Update 54: NASA to send flying saucers to Mars
In theory, NASA’s flying saucer would, upon descent, deploy a 100-foot-wide parachute to decelerate from a Mach 3.5 descent down to about twice the speed of sound.
The Low Density Supersonic Decelerator should be able to ferry up to 100 tons to the red planet.
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