NASA Delays Test Launch of Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-06_2c866ac9b4.jpgPeter Carroll/All Canada Photos/Getty Images (KAUAI, Hawaii) -- NASA opted not to launch the agency's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator during its scheduled launch on Wednesday. According to the space agency, the device is part of a plan to create technologies that can implement larger drag devices and still be deployed at higher speeds to safely land the planetary landers of tomorrow.

The Wednesday launch was supposed to be a full-scale stratospheric test of such breakthrough technologies to determine whether they would work in a future mission to Mars.

NASA decided against the launch early Wednesday morning, citing weather conditions, adding that the next possible launch date was Saturday, June 14. However, on Wednesday evening, NASA released a statement saying that Saturday's weather forecast is also "unfavorable." Saturday was to be the last designated launch date in the current launch period, meaning NASA must research range availability and cost for the coming weeks. A teleconference is scheduled for Thursday to discuss the status of the LDSD mission.

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