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News Archive / Tagged: Supersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator

  • NASA reveals early results of LDSD “flying saucer” test flight

    Rae Botsford EndAugust 8th, 2014

    NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) “flying saucer” test vehicle successfully reached near-space in late June, allowing them to test certain Martian landing conditions, and NASA held a video-rich briefing about it today, August 8.

  • NASA’s LDSD successfully completes first test flight despite parachute failure

    James TuttenJune 28th, 2014

    The first major flight test for NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) occurred today, Saturday, June 28 from the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. Though there were technical issues with a malfunctioning parachute, the test’s primary components were successfully deployed. 

  • NASA’s LDSD is grounded due to unfavorable weather conditions

    SpaceFlight InsiderJune 13th, 2014

    Due to weather constraints, NASA’s new flying saucer-shaped, Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) proposed launch has been canceled. In a media teleconference yesterday, June 12, Mark Alder (LDSD Project Manager) and Ian Clark (LDSD Principal Investigator) explained the need for a delay and outlined the project’s next steps.

  • NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) is ready for testing

    SpaceFlight InsiderJune 5th, 2014

    NASA has developed a new, innovative vehicle capable of landing larger payloads in environments such as the thin Martian atmosphere. The Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) is a saucer-shaped, rocket-powered vehicle is now complete and ready for testing at the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii.