Yesterday, researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory put the final touches on a design that's on its way to Hawaii for a test launch and landing before, eventually, hopefully, being deployed on Mars. And the design bears a more than passing resemblance to the iconic flying saucer.
This comes from the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project, which built this 7,000 pound, rocket-powered vehicle as part of the push for greater exploration of Mars. It's equipped with a supersonic inflatable aerodynamic decelerator (SIAD-R) — an inflatable donut-shaped parachute which wi...
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