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NASA Launches Flying Saucer for Second Time; Parachute Brake Fails Again

By    |   Tuesday, 09 Jun 2015 08:14 AM

NASA successfully launched a flying saucer for the second time ever, however the craft's parachute braking system failed once more — shredding while traveling at twice the speed of sound.

"First off, it looked like our rockets fired correctly, it looks like we got up to the altitude and the speed we were looking for. The (airbrake) inflated, it looked like it performed great," said Daniel Coatta, a mechanical engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, CBS News reported.

The 100-foot-wide parachute soon ripped, however, as it was not able to withstand the airstream at such a high speed.

The Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) launched around 1:45 p.m. EDT from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii, and splashed down into the Pacific Ocean just hours later. At its peak, it flew to an altitude of 180,000 feet, or 34 miles above the sea.

At altitude, the craft was traveling at roughly four times the speed of sound, in conditions similar to those on Mars.

"Right now, we are kind of at the technological limit of what we can land on Mars in terms of size and weight," Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator of NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate, said ahead of the launch, Space.com reported.

"So this new technology is required to land 5 metric tons for human missions, maybe 30 [metric tons] and beyond."

NASA shared images of the LDSD system on its Twitter feed during the launch, and confirmed that the system did not work this time around.








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