NASA to televise flying saucer launch
| 25 June 2014
The NASA's space agency is gearing up to televise the first officially acknowledged flying saucer.
Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project plans to fly its rocket-powered, saucer-shaped landing technology test vehicle into near-space from the US Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kauai, Hawaii later this week. The test will be carried live via UStream and simulcast on NASA Television.
NASA has identified five potential launch dates for the high-altitude balloon carrying the LDSD experiment: 28, 29 and 30 June, and 1 and 3 July.
The vehicle originally was scheduled for its first test flight earlier in June, but unacceptable weather conditions prevented the launch.
Decisions to attempt launch of the LDSD test will be made the day before each launch opportunity date.