Press Release

NASA Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Launch Delay

By SpaceRef Editor
June 11, 2014
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The potential launch today, June 11, of NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) has been delayed due to weather conditions at the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, where the project’s test will occur. Conditions are not favorable for the balloon-based launch, in which a saucer-shaped vehicle will fly in near-space to test landing technologies for future missions to Mars.

The next potential launch opportunity falls on June 14.

NASA will issue launch updates via the mission website, advisories and on Twitter at: and

NASA’s LDSD program is part of the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, which is innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use in NASA’s future missions. 

More information is online at:

SpaceRef staff editor.