has reportedly fired up its rocket motor, reaching a supersonic speed of 3,000 mph (4,828 kilometres per hour), which is roughly four times the speed of sound.
A parachute should pop out, guiding the LDSD
to a splashdown in the Pacific.
"Our goal is to get to an altitude and velocity which simulates the kind of environment one of our vehicles would encounter when it would fly in the Martian atmosphere," said Ian Clark, principal investigator of the LDSD
project at JPL.
NASA has identified five potential launch dates for the high-altitude balloon carrying the LDSD experiment: June 28, 29, 30, July 1 and 3.
Navy for the LDSD launch also are invited to return, but must contact Alford by 11 a.m.
Journalists should follow the LDSD mission website for daily launch window dates and times.
EDT on Thursday, June 12 to discuss what this delay in the LDSD testing means and possible next steps for the project.
Journalists can participate in the briefing via teleconference by calling 800-369-6087, (International: 1-773-756-0843) with the call leader being Dave Steitz, and the call passcode "LDSD." Journalists will be required to give their name and affiliation to join the moderated call.
NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project will fly a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle into near-space next week from the U.S.
HST, reporters in attendance will be offered a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility and LDSD operations.
NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project will be flying a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle into near-space this June from the U.S.
The LDSD crosscutting demonstration mission will test breakthrough technologies that will enable large payloads to be safely landed on the surface of Mars, or other planetary bodies with atmospheres, including Earth.