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NASA’s ‘flying saucer’ launch window rained out in Hawaii

Unfavorable weather conditions in Kauai, Hawaii cancelled a six-day launch window for the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), NASA’s saucer-shaped craft that would perform a landing test amid conditions similar to Mars’ atmosphere, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
www.dailynews.com Published: June 11, 2014
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Unfavorable weather conditions in Kauai, Hawaii cancelled a six-day launch window for the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), NASA’s saucer-shaped craft that would perform a landing test amid conditions similar to Mars’ atmosphere, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

High wind mixed with heavy rain has pummeled the Pacific Missile Range Facility for about two weeks, making it too difficult to properly launch the LDSD, a Rose Bowl-sized craft that was designed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NASA. LDSD was supposed to blast 180,000 feet high using a helium balloon and accelerator and, inside a wind tunnel, descend back down to Earth in condition similar to Mars’ atmosphere. However, the weather has made it impossible, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

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