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Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator takes to the skies over Kauai, Hawaii, in its second flight test. the rocket-propelled craft attains velocity four times the speed of sound, inflates and deploys the world's largest parachute. This technology may someday help land humans on Mars.
The Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator or LDSD is a reentry vehicle designed to create atmospheric drag in order to decelerate during entry through a planet's atmosphere. It is essentially a disc-shaped vehicle containing an inflatable, doughnut-shaped balloon around the outside. The use of this type of system may allow an increase in the payload. It is intended to be used to help a spacecraft decelerate before landing on Mars. This is done by inflating the balloon around the vehicle to increase the surface area and create atmospheric drag. After sufficient deceleration, a parachute on a long tether deploys to further slow the vehicle. The vehicle is being developed and tested by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Mark Adler is the project manager.
originally posted by: highfromphoenix
I think going to Mars is a bad idea.
Why not correct the damage we have caused on Earth before we invade a new planet?
Thanks for that update. I was not able to watch it till then. Too bad it failed.
originally posted by: Soylent Green Is People
Things looked good, until the chute didn't fully open. I'm not sure what happens next (does it fall at tremendous speeds to crash in the ocean?)
originally posted by: jonnywhite
According to Gilbert Levin, one of the people behind the Labeled Release Experiemnt which was aboard Viking 1 & 2, we already found life on Mars. If he's to be believed, there's either some kind of mass conspiracy or a sort of mass denial similar to the climate change denial. Anyway, some people say he's crazy, but when I see him talk on the videos my mind cries the man is being shut up by a subtle and sly form of bullying...