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New launch dates set for NASA's 'flying saucer' spacecraft

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By Jon Rombaoa

NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project will regain momentum later this week as NASA has identified five new potential launch dates for their saucer-shaped test vehicle that had been previously postponed.

NASA determined June 28, 29, 30, July 1 and 3 as the new launch dates.  The window for the June 28 launch date extends from 8:15 A.M. to 9:30 A.M.

The vehicle was originally scheduled for a test flight earlier in June, but weather conditions prevented the launch.

The rocket-powered, saucer-shaped landing technology test vehicle will be launched into near space from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai.

The test flight will be streamed live on UStream at http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2 and simulcast on NASA Television at http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv.

With the advancements made on NASA's robotic missions to Mars, the LDSD project will take the missions even further to allow new, heavier technology to land safely on the red planet's surface.

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