NASA to test flying saucer !


NASA is gearing up to test an inflatable, saucer-shaped vehicle that could help astronauts explore the surface of Mars.

The space agency’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) test vehicle is now fully assembled at the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii — the site of its first flight trial, which is currently scheduled for June 3, officials said.

The LDSD project aims to slow the descent of super-heavy payloads such as human habitat modules through the thin Martian atmosphere. It’s developing a 100-foot-wide (30.5 meters) parachute and two devices called Supersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerators (SIADs).

source NASA

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