BREAKING NEWS: NASA Shows Off Mars’ Flying Saucer Technology

BREAKING NEWS: NASA Shows Off Mars' Flying Saucer TechnologyNASA has given the world another glimpse of its revolutionary flying saucer technology, which will play a crucial role in future Mars missions.

This could be very exciting!

qwThe flying saucer is part of NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project.

NASA says the project tests,

Breakthrough technologies that will enable large payloads to be safely landed on the surface of Mars, or other planetary bodies with atmospheres, including Earth.”

During a live broadcast yesterday at ABC News, the 15-foot wide, 7,000-pound test vehicle underwent a “spin test” on a table at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. 

BREAKING NEWS: NASA Shows Off Mars' Flying Saucer TechnologySpinning an object keeps it pointed in one direction, and the saucer is equipped with a rocket to slow it down.

The reason why technology could be crucial for Mars exploration because it will decelerate heavy landers traveling at supersonic speeds through Mars’ thin atmosphere. The drag device could one day help humans, their cargo and their return rockets safely reach the Red Planet.

NASA officials said that, after the “spin test”, the next step for the vehicle will be in June when it will blast off on a test into near-space from the Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. 

BREAKING NEWS: NASA Shows Off Mars' Flying Saucer Technology More so, according to the space agency, the technologies will also offer more access to the Red Planet’s surface by enabling landings at higher-altitude sites.

Last year an LDSD test in Hawaii was deemed a success by engineers, despite the vehicle’s huge parachute apparently failing to deploy properly, according to Space.com.

 

via NASA Science

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