Press Release

NASA Holds Briefing on Early Test Results for New Planetary Landing Technology

By SpaceRef Editor
August 5, 2014
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NASA Holds Briefing on Early Test Results for New Planetary Landing Technology

NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project successfully flew a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle into near-space last month from the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii. Media are invited to the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California at 9 a.m. PDT (noon EDT) Friday, Aug. 8, to see new video from this test and hear about early results from the mission.

The briefing will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

The LDSD cross-cutting demonstration mission tested breakthrough technologies that will enable large payloads to be safely landed on the surface of Mars and allow access to more of the planet’s surface by enabling landings at higher altitude sites.

Participants in Friday’s briefing are:

— Jeff Sheehy, senior technologist with the Space Technology Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington
— Mark Adler, project manager, LDSD, JPL
— Ian Clark, principal investigator, LDSD, JPL

The briefing will take place at JPL’s von Karman Auditorium, located at 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, off the Berkshire/Oak Grove off-ramp of the 210 Freeway.

Journalists who would like to attend the briefing must RSVP in advance by emailing JPL Media Relations’ Gina Fontes at georgina.d.fontes@jpl.nasa.govby 11 a.m. PDT Thursday, Aug. 7. Accredited journalists who cannot attend in person may call in to ask questions by phone. Contact Gina Fontes for dial-in information. More material about the LDSD space technology demonstration mission is online at:

The LDSD project is part of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, which is innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use on future NASA missions. Over the next 18 months, the directorate will make significant new investments to address several high-priority challenges in achieving safe and affordable deep space exploration. These focused technology areas are tightly aligned with NASA’s Space Technology Roadmaps, the Space Technology Investment Plan and National Research Council recommendations.

For more information about the directorate, visit:


SpaceRef staff editor.