SAN DIEGO — NASA is preparing to repeat tests of a large, inflatable deceleration device designed to help land large payloads on Mars after incorporating lessons learned from a mostly successful initial test over the Pacific on June 28. The test, launched by helium balloon from the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, was part of NASA’s Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) technology demonstrator project, which is testing larger braking ...


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