Welcome to the NASA HIAD game! HIAD stands for Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator, an inflatable spacecraft technology that allows payloads to survive the harsh conditions of atmospheric re-entry. The HIAD game can be played online on this web site or downloaded to a mobile device. The game challenges the player to successfully land a HIAD spacecraft at a specific location on Earth, after undocking from the International Space Station (ISS). To successfully reach the target, players must:
Game Objective and Controls:
A note about steering: The HIAD can be steered after inflation and prior to parachute deployment. Once the parachute is out, you are at the mercy of the winds, so be sure to take them into account.
Level 1: HIAD Boot Camp
HIAD Boot Camp is a training level. The game play is explained during each phase of the mission to familiarize the player with the rules and controls.
Level 2: Become a HIAD Engineer
To pass level 2, the player will need to successfully land with different target locations and wind conditions.
Level 3: Become a Mission Specialist
To pass level 3, the player will be given the option to adjust one of three vehicle design features in each stage. By the end of this level, the player should have a better understanding of how each change affects spacecraft performance.
Level 4: Advanced
In level 4 the HIAD payload mass will increase in each stage. The player will need to use the knowledge gained in level 3 to select vehicle design features to make a successful landing.