Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Image of the Day: NASA's "Flying Saucer" for Future Mars Missions


NASA's "flying saucer" (aka Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator project, or LDSD for short) successfully flew a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle into near-space in late June from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii. The goal of this experimental flight test, the first of three planned for the project, was to determine if the balloon-launched, rocket-powered, saucer-shaped design could reach the altitudes and airspeeds needed to test two new breakthrough technologies destined for future Mars missions.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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