Press Release

NASA Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Launch Delay

By SpaceRef Editor
June 2, 2014
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The launch of NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), which had been scheduled for June 3, has been postponed due to weather conditions at the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, where the test will occur.

The next launch opportunity falls on the morning of June 5, with additional opportunities on June 7, 9, 11 and 14.

The decision to move forward with another launch attempt of the LDSD test is made the day before each launch opportunity date. NASA will issue launch advisories via the mission website, advisories and on Twitter at:    and

The LDSD project will fly a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped vehicle into near-space to test future landing technologies for Mars missions.

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 on LDSD is online at:


SpaceRef staff editor.