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Can we return rock samples from Mars

and land without parachute?


Shock Physics and space…

Space environment can be harsh for systems evolving in our planet’s orbites. Space debris and micrometeroids are few of the agressions satellites can face up in space.

THIOT INGENIERIE collaborates with CNES,ESA and satellites manufacturers for the safety of space systems. Performing hypervelocity impacts in laboratory conditions is necessary to better understand materials behaviour when impacted at more than 3 km/s. So with our partners we develop new materials that create less debris when impacted or work on bringing Mars samples back to Earth without parachute.

Our launchers can reach speeds up to 7 km/s to reproduce space mechanical agressions.

What it looks like?

Why Chose Us?

Our Experience

We collaborate with most prestigious world’s space agencies like CNES (French Space Agency); European Space Agency on hypercelocity impacts assessments.

Our Equipment

Equipped with state of the art two stage light gas guns, we launch projeciles at velocities up to 7 km/s. Flash X-Ray, very high speed cameras, 1 Gs/sec acquisition or laser surface velocimeter, you won’t miss any detail.

Our Flexibility

Thanks to our light structure, we can easily adapt our procedures to your requirements or change shots parameters during a tests campaign. Because our customers’ satisfaction comes first… always!

Our references


Mars Sample Return – Crash study


Composite satellite tank vulnerability