[meteorite-list] NASA Holds Briefing on Early Test Results for New Planetary Landing Technology

From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2014 15:33:45 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <201408052233.s75MXjm4000056_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>

NASA Holds Briefing on Early Test Results for New Planetary Landing Technology
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
August 05, 2014

NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) 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. Media are invited to the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
(JPL) in Pasadena, California, at 9 a.m. PDT (noon EDT) Friday, August
8, to see new video from this test and hear about early results from the

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

More material about the LDSD space technology demonstration mission is
online at:


For NASA TV streaming video, schedules and downlink information, visit:


The event will also be carried live on Ustream at:


The LDSD project is part of NASA's Space 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.

For more information about the directorate, visit:


DC Agle
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
agle at jpl.nasa.gov

David Steitz
NASA Headquarters, Washington
david.steitz at nasa.gov

Received on Tue 05 Aug 2014 06:33:45 PM PDT

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