NASA can attempt once more this weekend to launch the first check flight of new technology designed to assist land significant payloads on Mars.
The space agency aims to loft its Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) check vehicle Saturday (June 28) from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile range Facility on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. The launch window opens at 2:15 p.m. EDT (1815 GMT; 8:15 a.m. native Hawaiian time); you'll be able to watch all the action here on space.com, courtesy of Nasa TV.
Backup launch opportunities are out there on June 29, June 30, July 1 and July three, Nasa officials said. And also the mission can would like one in every of those alternate dates; the agency had originally planned to launch the LDSD test flight in early June, however strong winds repeatedly defeated the try.
In the Missile Assembly Building at the U.S Navy's Pacific Missile range Facility, a saucer-shaped check vehicle hangs throughout a measurement. The vehicle is a component of the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator project, is meant to land large payloads on Mars. The power is found in Kauai, Hawaii.