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NASA Tests Flying Saucer

NASA Flying Saucer

Image credit: This artist’s concept shows the test vehicle for NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), designed to test landing technologies for future Mars missions. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA will soon make a live presentation of its totally revolutionary cargo landing technology.

This brand-new technology is called LDSD (the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator). It has been designed to make it possible to ensure soft landings of large pay loads on the surface of planetary bodies, such as Mars and Earth. In addition, such technology could help similar accesses to much more of the surface of a planet, allowing landings to be made at sites with higher altitude.

This flying sauce, powered by rocket with weight of 7,000 pound and diameter of 15 feet, could inflate to full size through a cluster of balloons which should be helpful in enlarging its surface area. It would use drag to decelerate for a few days so as to make sure for soft landings. To examine its practicality, researchers will test the craft at Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii, where it will go through a “table top spin test” to  demonstrate the way in which the craft will spin as it decelerates its cargo during the period of descending.

For more information about the LDSD take a look at NASA’s website here.

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