Supersonic Decelerator: Hanging Saucer (NASA, LDSD, 05/29/14)

by on June 27, 2014

Supersonic Decelerator: Hanging Saucer (NASA, LDSD, 05/29/14)
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Image by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center
In this picture, NASA’s saucer-shaped experimental flight vehicle is prepared for a Range Compatibility Test at the US Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kaua‘i, Hawaii. During the exercise, which occurred on April 23, 2014, all the radio frequencies interfaces between the vehicle, its balloon carrier and the missile range were checked.

The Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project is managed by JPL for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate in Washington.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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