NASA plans more Kauai tests of decelerator

NASA plans more Kauai tests of decelerator

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - A spokesman for NASA says the agency will return to Kauai next year for more tests of technology that could be used for missions to Mars.

NASA on June 28 conducted tests with its saucer-shaped Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator, which was launched by balloon and rocket from Kauai's Pacific Missile Range Facility.

The Garden Island reports the decelerator includes a supersonic parachute for landing heavy payloads.

Scientists have been analyzing data from the flight.

One video shows the parachute ripping apart as it deployed.

NASA says the test was a success in simulating conditions for landing on Mars. The agency is altering and strengthening the supersonic parachute for upcoming tests.

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