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.
Navy for the LDSD launch also are invited to return, but must contact Alford by 11 a.
Journalists should follow the LDSD mission website for daily launch window dates and times.
Mark Adler, LDSD Project Manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California
NASA has identified six potential dates for launch of the high-altitude balloon carrying the LDSD experiment: June 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and 13.
Interview opportunities for members of the LDSD
team will be offered after both the briefing on the project in JPL's von Karman auditorium and in the "High Bay 2" clean room where the saucer-shaped craft currently resides.