Status Report

NASA Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Launch Delay

By SpaceRef Editor
June 5, 2014
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The June 5 launch 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. Winds 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 launch opportunities fall on the mornings of 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

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.