NASA to Test Its Flying Saucer to Ease Space Missions

Published: 03rd June 2015 12:43 PM  |   Last Updated: 03rd June 2015 12:49 PM   |  A+A-

NASA’s LDSD launch was postponed twice in this week before it announced the next attempt on June 4 to ease human landings on Mars.


The launch of Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), which was originally scheduled on Monday, was first postponed to Wednesday and later to Thursday due to unfavorable ocean conditions.

The  National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said in a press release on it official website on Monday that the next attempt for the launch would be made “no earlier than 7:30 a.m. HST (1:30 p.m. EDT),” which is 11 a.m., according to the Indian Standard Time.

A high altitude balloon will carry the decelerator, which might be helpful in crosscutting technology and make the landing of larger payloads safer on Mars’ surface or other planetary bodies including Earth.

The new crosscutting technology will also allow access to more planet surface by permitting landing at the higher altitudes.

The press release further mentioned: “The project is being led by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. It’s supported by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, which manages the project as part of the Technology Demonstration Missions program for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate in Washington.”


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