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NASA prepares to launch flying saucer

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PASADENA, Calif., June 2 (UPI) -- NASA has planned the second test-run of braking technology for its Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator, or LDSD, hoping for more success with the giant parachutes that could one day help it slow down as it lands on Mars.

The saucer-shaped LDSD is expected to be launched on July 3 with a weather balloon to test its redesigned supersonic parachute, which last year shredded during its first 3,000 mph descent. The supersonic parachute, which last year already was the largest ever flown, has been reshaped, reinforced and enlarged.

The LDSD has a doughnut-shaped balloon that creates atmospheric drag as it descends through a planet's atmosphere before parachutes open to further slow it and allow for safe landing.
 
 
 

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What'cha tink day been flyin outta area 51 awl dis time?

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"The saucer-shaped LDSD is expected to be launched on July 3 with a weather balloon"

Hmmm... a weather balloon... 
:damned: 
 

 

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