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NASA’s Mark Adler: Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Met Test Flight Objectives

NASA LSDSNASA has completed an engineering test flight for a low-density supersonic decelerator vehicle as part of a project to assess new landing systems for future Mars missions.

The LDSD test vehicle launched aboard a high-altitude balloon on Saturday off the coast of the U.S. Navy‘s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, NASA said Sunday.

“We have recovered all the vehicle hardware and data recorders and will be able to apply all of the lessons learned from this information to our future flights,” said Mark Adler, project manager for LDSD at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

“The test vehicle worked beautifully, and we met all of our flight objectives,” added Adler.

The vehicle dropped the balloon at an altitude of nearly 120,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean.

Two additional landing technologies were also deployed during the LDSD test flight and will undergo testing in the next two flights for the vehicle’s clones.

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