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Photos of the Day: NASA's flying saucer

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 1:33pm
ECN Staff

NASA recently unveiled the Low Density Supersonic Decelerator, a disc-shaped spacecraft which could potentially deliver supplies for future manned Mars missions.

See: Engineering Update 54: NASA to send flying saucers to Mars

In theory, NASA’s flying saucer would, upon descent, deploy a 100-foot-wide parachute to decelerate from a Mach 3.5 descent down to about twice the speed of sound.

The Low Density Supersonic Decelerator should be able to ferry up to 100 tons to the red planet.

 

 

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