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NASA 'Flying Saucer' Launch Delayed by Rough Seas, Next Try Wednesday

NASA’s second Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator is prepared for a June 2015 flight test at the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. Launch is now set for June 3.Credit: NASA An innovative saucer-shaped parachute that NASA scientists have dubbed their “flying saucer” will have to wait an extra 24 hours before launching on […]

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Photos: NASA's 'Flying Saucer' for Mars Landings — 2nd Test Flight

NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator project will test new technologies for landing future robotic and human Mars missions, and returning large payloads…Read More » to Earth. See photos of what NASA calls its “flying saucer” from its second test flight in June 2015 in this Space.com gallery. HERE: The full mission dress rehearsal for the Low-Density […]

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NASA Chief Wants to Cut Mars Travel Time in Half

Artist’s concept of a nuclear thermal rocket. Such vehicles could help humanity get to Mars and other planets in the solar system.Credit: NASA CANOGA PARK, Calif. — Getting astronauts to Mars will take all the spacefaring expertise the United States can muster, including advanced propulsion technologies such as solar-electric engines and perhaps even nuclear rockets, […]

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What Is A Drone?

The Ikhana drone is an unmanned aircraft that NASA uses to ‘support Earth science missions and advanced aeronautical technology development.’Credit: NASA/Ken Ulbrich In aviation and in space, a drone refers to an unpiloted aircraft or spacecraft. Another term for it is an “unmanned aerial vehicle” or UAV. On Earth, drones are often used for military […]

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Edwards Air Force Base: History & Missions

Three wingless lifting body aircraft are sitting on Rogers Dry Lakebed at what is now NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California.Credit: NASA. Edwards Air Force Base is a U.S. military facility full of aerospace firsts. It was where the sound barrier was broken, where X-planes eventually flew more than six times the speed of […]

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Software or the Borg: A Starship's Greatest Threat?

Your starship makes an unexpected encounter — is your software resilient enough to cope?Credit: Michel Lamontagne/Icarus Interstellar/NASA Guest article by Icarus Interstellar ‘s Donna A. Dulo , senior mathematician, computer scientist, and software/systems engineer for the US Department of Defense. Read more Icarus Interstellar articles on Discovery News . As your spacecraft cruises expeditiously at warp speed on […]

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