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LDSD
Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator was a balloon launched, Star-48B solid propellant rocket motor boosted, inflatable reentry test vehicle designed for atmospheric entry on Mars. The payload dropped from the balloon at 36.5 km altitude, then the rocket motor boosted it to Mach 4.3 and an altitude of 58 km. On both tests the vehicle performed well but was lost due to parachute failure.

AKA: Star48. Status: Active. First Launch: 2014-06-28. Last Launch: 2014-06-28. Number: 1 .



Country: USA.

2014 June 28 - . 21:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Pad: Kauai Drop Zone 1. Launch Platform: Balloon. Launch Vehicle: LDSD.
  • SIAD-R/SSDS - . Nation: USA. Agency: JPL. Apogee: 54 km (33 mi). Air dropped in Kauai Drop Zone 1..


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