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NASA's 'flying saucer' tested successfully


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 03:28 PM

An experimental saucer-shaped vehicle designed to be used on Mars has undergone a successful test flight.

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Intended as a mechanism for slowing down spacecraft landing on Mars, NASA's Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) was lifted high in to the Earth's atmosphere on Saturday using a balloon that took it to 120,000ft before releasing it.

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 06:39 PM

did anybody actually see and report it?? haha


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 10:00 PM

I bet during the tests, the number of ufo flying saucers have been topping a new record...


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 10:10 PM

View Postqxcontinuum, on 29 June 2014 - 10:00 PM, said:

I bet during the tests, the number of ufo flying saucers have been topping a new record...

How exactly?

This has been flown a grand total of once, from under a balloon, over the ocean. How is that going to have raised UFO sightings?

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Posted 30 June 2014 - 05:02 AM

Just saying...from this type of tests ufo sightings are often sparked.
If i will be happening to walk around and see in the sky something looking like what was posted in the buletin I would believe for a few hours in alien driven UFO's

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Posted 30 June 2014 - 06:49 AM

View Postqxcontinuum, on 30 June 2014 - 05:02 AM, said:

Just saying...from this type of tests ufo sightings are often sparked.
If i will be happening to walk around and see in the sky something looking like what was posted in the buletin I would believe for a few hours in alien driven UFO's

Soo you are often fooled into believing balloons are alien spacecraft are you? Just saying.

Read the article, the test vehicle is released at 120,000 ft over the ocean, you would not be able to see it at that altitude.

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Posted 30 June 2014 - 07:55 AM

Test Vehicle Powered Flight vid:
https://www.youtube....eoeBF8QMGE#t=22


Other LDSD test vids here:
http://www.nasa.gov/...sd/telecon2014/

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Posted 30 June 2014 - 07:25 PM

Did I read the chute was of a new design they were testing ? Just  wondering what the modifications were .

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Posted 30 June 2014 - 09:13 PM

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Did I read the chute was of a new design they were testing ? Just  wondering what the modifications were .

I don't think it is so much the design as the size and materials it is made of. I have failed to find much detail on the chute (NASA call it a Supersonic Disk Sail {SDS} Parachute) apart from the fact that it is massive and designed to open at Mach 2.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 07:14 AM

OK , here's a video from a few weeks ago . If I understand the ring's worked fine , but the cute out of the CAN didn't deploy as expected . I'm thinking the slight spin may have tied up a cord coming out . We will see . https://www.youtube....h?v=Rf-twIwantU

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 01:22 AM


LDSD Test Vehicle Returns

NASA's saucer-shaped test vehicle, the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) was recovered from the ocean and returned to Port Allen, Kauai, on June 29, 2014.

Credit: NASA/JPL

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