NASA has expelled some interesting brief video clips from final Saturday’s exam of a Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), display how a destiny Mars cargo smoothness tech moody featured a strong thruster, some prohibited airbag movement and a while lot of a-whoopin’ and a-hollerin’.
The LDSD launched subsequent an huge helium-filled universe from a US Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility, on a Hawaiian island of Kauai.
At 36,500m, it forsaken giveaway from a balloon, and was bloody to 55,000m and Mach 4 by a ATK Star 48B plain fuel thruster.
One a engine had finished a job, a “Supersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator” (SIAD) airbags popped out to delayed a car to medium Mach 2.5…
…after that a “Supersonic Disk Sail Parachute” out in a reduction than fully-deployed appearance:
Despite this glitch, NASA remarkable given that a SIAD and ‘chute were “bonus” elements of a goal predominantly dictated to exam a LDSD, a ballocket moody was a success.
The ultimate aim of a LDSD to try out technologies permitting heavier payloads – adult from a “current capability of 1.5 metric tons to 2 to 3 metric tons” – to be safely delivered to a aspect of Mars. NASA has dual serve flights scheduled for subsequent year. ®
Article source: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/07/01/ldsd_vids/