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NASA Holds Briefing on Early Test Results for New Planetary Landing Technology

August 7, 2014



ENP Newswire - 07 August 2014

Release date- 06082014 - NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator project successfully flew a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle into near-space in late June from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii.

The briefing will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website.

The LDSD cross-cutting demonstration mission tested breakthrough technologies that will enable large payloads to be safely landed on the surface of Mars and allow access to more of the planet's surface by enabling landings at higher altitude sites.

Participants in Friday's briefing are:

Jeff Sheehy, senior technologist with the Space Technology Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington

Mark Adler, project manager, LDSD, JPL

Ian Clark, principal investigator, LDSD, JPL

The briefing will take place at JPL's von Karman Auditorium, located at 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, off the Berkshire/Oak Grove off-ramp of the 210 Freeway.

Journalists who would like to attend the briefing must RSVP in advance by emailing JPL Media Relations' Gina Fontesatgeorgina.d.fontes@jpl.nasa.gov by 11 a.m. PDT Thursday, Aug. 7. Accredited journalists who cannot attend in person may call in to ask questions by phone. Contact Gina Fontes for dial-in information.

The LDSD project is part of NASA'sSpace Technology Mission Directorate, which is innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use on future NASA missions. Over the next 18 months, the directorate will make significant new investments to address several high-priority challenges in achieving safe and affordable deep space exploration. These focused technology areas are tightly aligned with NASA's Space Technology Roadmaps, the Space Technology Investment Plan and National Research Council recommendations.

Contact:

David Steitz

Tel: 202-358-1730

Email: david.steitz@nasa.gov


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Source: ENP Newswire


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