The main structural body of the second flight test vehicle in NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project is seen during its assembly in a cleanroom at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The flight test for this vehicle is planned for the summer of 2015.
NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate funds the LDSD mission, a cooperative effort led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. NASA's Technology Demonstration Mission program manages LDSD at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia, coordinated support with the Pacific Missile Range Facility, provided the core electrical systems for the test vehicle, and coordinated the balloon and recovery services for the LDSD test.
For more information about the LDSD space technology demonstration mission: http://go.usa.gov/kzZQz.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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