NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Test Flight Hailed as a Success

From NASA: “MACH 4 TO PACIFIC: Two members of the Navy’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal team perch on the test vehicle used in the first flight of NASA’s Low-density Supersonic Decelerator project. The test vehicle was fished out of the waters of the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range within hours of splashdown. During the […]

Flight Test for Next-Generation Mars Supersonic Decelerator Prototype Rescheduled for June 28

The saucer-shaped LDSD test vehicle is seen here in the Missile Assembly Building at the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kaua‘i, Hawaii. The vehicle, part of NASA’s Low Density Supersonic Decelerator project, will test an inflatable decelerator and a parachute at high altitudes and speeds over the Pacific Missile Range this […]

Second test of D-SEND#2 postponed

Image Credit: Yusuke Naka, JAXA

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) today announced that the first drop test conducted as part of its second phase of the “Drop test for Simplified Evaluation of Non-symmetrically Distributed sonic boom” (D-SEND#2) at the Esrange Space Center, Sweden, on August 16th, 2013 (Sweden Standard Time), was unsuccessful.

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