First Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) Test Flight a Success

First Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) Test Flight a Success

AdminCadet: Read the article and see the photos.  Very interesting test program…

JPLNASA.gov – “..This test was the first of three planned for the LDSD project, developed to evaluate new landing technologies for future Mars missions. While this initial test was designed to determine the flying ability of the vehicle, it also deployed two new landing technologies as a bonus. Those landing technologies will be officially tested in the next two flights, involving clones of the saucer-shaped vehicle…”  [The test took place] “off the coast of the US Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii.”

LDSD Test Flight Kauii 2014

Credit: JPL/NASA – Caltech – June 29, 2014

 

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