NASA Media Telecon on Status of LDSD Hawaiian Test Flight

This artist's concept shows the test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) This artist's concept shows the test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), designed to test landing technologies for future Mars missions. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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June 11, 2014

NASA did not conduct the flight test of the agency's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range in Kauai, Hawaii, during its designated launch period. The project's reserved time at the range will expire Saturday without NASA being able to fly the test because of continuing unfavorable weather conditions.

NASA will hold a media teleconference at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT) on Thursday, June 12 to discuss what this delay in the LDSD testing means and possible next steps for the project.

Speakers will be:

--Mark Adler, LDSD Project Manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California

--Ian Clark, LDSD Principal Investigator at JPL

The teleconference will be streamed live on NASA's website at:

http://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio

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

http://go.usa.gov/kzZQ

NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate funds the LDSD mission, a cooperative effort led by JPL. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, manages LDSD within the Technology Demonstration Mission Program Office. NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia, is coordinating support with the Pacific Missile Range Facility and providing the balloon systems for the LDSD test.

For more information about the Space Technology Mission Directorate, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/spacetech

DC Agle
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
818-393-9011
agle@jpl.nasa.gov

David E. Steitz
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-1730
david.steitz@nasa.gov

Shannon Ridinger
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
256- 541-7698
shannon.j.ridinger@nasa.gov



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