Monday, June 30, 2014

NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator "Flying Saucer" Takes Flight from Hawaii (Video)

Watch this footage of NASA;s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator was successfully launched on a helium balloon today at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii.  This is technology that NASA is testing for future landings on Mars. \NASA plans for the next launch of the LDSD to be released at 120,000 feet and fire a Star 48B rocket motor to boost it to Mach 4.0 and 180,000 feet.  This height and speed simulates a spacecraft flying through the Martian atmosphere and is where the air breaking systems will be tested on the LDSD vehicle.