Second round of tests of NASA’s Low Density Supersonic Decelerator begins on Kauai

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The launch window for the low density supersonic decelerator officially begins Tuesday.

Late Monday, Scientists decided ocean conditions were not right and would have made recovery operations unsafe.  They have postponed any testing until Wednesday, no earlier than 7:30 a.m.

You may remember how nasa tested out the “flying saucer” last year.  It was dropped from 120,000 feet and fell at several times the speed of sound before using an inflatable braking system to safely splashdown in the ocean.

The LDSD project is designed to investigate and test breakthrough technologies for landing future robotic and human Mars missions, and safely returning large payloads to Earth. The test, performed over the Pacific Ocean, will simulate the supersonic entry and descent speeds at which the spacecraft would be traveling through the Martian atmosphere.

For more information about the LDSD project, click here.

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