NASA did not conduct the flight test of the agency’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) from the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range in Kauai, Hawaii, during its designated launch period. The project’s reserved range time at the range will expire Saturday without NASA being able to fly the test because of continuing unfavorable weather conditions.
NASA will hold a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 12 to discuss what this delay in the LDSD testing means and possible next steps for the project.
Journalists can participate in the briefing via teleconference by calling 800-369-6087, (International: 1-773-756-0843) with the call leader being Dave Steitz, and the call passcode “LDSD.” Journalists will be required to give their name and affiliation to join the moderated call.
Speakers will be:
–Mark Adler, LDSD Project Manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California
–Ian Clark, LDSD Principal Investigator at JPL
The teleconference will be streamed live on NASA’s website at:
More information about the LDSD space technology demonstration mission is online at:
NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate funds the LDSD mission, a cooperative effort led by JPL. NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, manages LDSD within the Technology Demonstration Mission Program Office. NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia, is coordinating support with the Pacific Missile Range Facility and providing the balloon systems for the LDSD test.
For more information about the Space Technology Mission Directorate, visit:
David E. Steitz
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.