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NASA flying saucer set for test flight (No.. Really)
Fox News ^ | 6-3-2014 | Staff

Posted on 06/04/2014 4:07:54 PM PDT by equalator

NASA is just about ready to test-launch its so-called flying saucer into the edge of space.

The Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator is literally a flying saucer. The original launch date of June 3 was scrubbed because of weather. The next potential launch date is Thursday, June 5, NASA said.

"The agency is moving forward and getting ready for Mars as part of NASA's Evolvable Mars campaign," said Michael Gazarik, associate administrator for Space Technology at NASA Headquarters, in a news release. "We fly, we learn, we fly again. We have two more vehicles in the works for next year."

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Technical; Testing
KEYWORDS: aerospace; aviation; nasa; space


1 posted on 06/04/2014 4:07:54 PM PDT by equalator
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To: equalator

surprised they dont have a crescent moon on it surprised it aint called magic carpet one


2 posted on 06/04/2014 4:10:12 PM PDT by al baby (Hi MomÂ…)
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To: equalator

Sounds like its an aerobraking test vehicle.


3 posted on 06/04/2014 4:10:21 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

It looks like a platform rather than a ship


4 posted on 06/04/2014 4:11:04 PM PDT by equalator
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To: equalator

Doesn’t look anything like the saucers I’ve seen!


5 posted on 06/04/2014 4:12:20 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Is it shaped like a Crescent to appease the Muslims?


6 posted on 06/04/2014 4:13:36 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: al baby

“We fly, we learn, we fly again. We have two more vehicles in the works for next year.”

One is electric...one is coal fired!


7 posted on 06/04/2014 4:15:26 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: equalator

Roswell was 1947 - what took ‘em so long?


8 posted on 06/04/2014 4:15:36 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: dfwgator

Like Calypso Louie's Mother Plane!

9 posted on 06/04/2014 4:17:07 PM PDT by equalator
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To: equalator

It’s not April 1st?


10 posted on 06/04/2014 4:18:56 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Vaquero

Oh how I wish it were


11 posted on 06/04/2014 4:23:05 PM PDT by equalator
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Somewhere there are Aliens unable to breath through hysterical laughter at the sight of this.


12 posted on 06/04/2014 4:24:11 PM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day. Snagglers 'n' Mash.)
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To: Jack Hammer
Reverse engineering can be tricky.Sure would hate to mistake part of the weapons system for part of the propulsion system.
13 posted on 06/04/2014 4:24:40 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Farmer Dean

“Sure would hate to mistake part of the weapons system for part of the propulsion system.”

Obama would consider that a big plus - as long as we only destroyed the US.


14 posted on 06/04/2014 4:27:23 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Jack Hammer

“I need a cover story to explain why half of Utah is missing.”


15 posted on 06/04/2014 4:29:50 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: moose07

I hope so. Sounds like a great idea, though. It might just work. Then maybe the aliens will smile like the proud parents of a child eschewing his training wheels.


16 posted on 06/04/2014 4:32:38 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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17 posted on 06/04/2014 4:32:47 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: equalator

With that propulsion system.... its bound to be just a round, flying, fuel tank.


18 posted on 06/04/2014 4:34:08 PM PDT by kjam22 (my music video "If My People" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74b20RjILy4)
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To: moose07

Agree....


19 posted on 06/04/2014 4:34:39 PM PDT by kjam22 (my music video "If My People" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74b20RjILy4)
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To: Don Corleone

“One is electric...one is coal fired!”

And the third was a plate thrown by a wife at her cheating husband’s head. The kid next door just cropped the shot he got on his i-phone to make look like a space craft


20 posted on 06/04/2014 4:35:47 PM PDT by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: gorush

Sounds good to me.
“Hey Ma watch me gooooo!”
“Keep away from the light barrier ,Dear....ooh,ouch, to late.”


21 posted on 06/04/2014 4:36:50 PM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day. Snagglers 'n' Mash.)
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To: kjam22

It’s good to see that after about 100 years of spaceflight, we’re still using fire shooting out of the backs of things


22 posted on 06/04/2014 4:40:52 PM PDT by equalator
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To: equalator

If you have a better idea, let’s hear it.


23 posted on 06/04/2014 4:42:40 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: equalator

24 posted on 06/04/2014 4:42:53 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: equalator
NASA is just preparing for higher beef prices.


25 posted on 06/04/2014 4:43:46 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: equalator

If real ET’s are watching this, they’re probably calling this saucer an Edsel.........


26 posted on 06/04/2014 4:43:53 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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To: equalator

100 years of space flight?

If you count Sputnik it is 56 years. If you count the V1, it’s 70 years.


27 posted on 06/04/2014 4:44:54 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Vaquero

If you count Robert Goddard, it’s about 100 years.

Goddard only got up to about two miles in altitude, but he did it with a liquid-fueled engine.

Too bad he didn’t like math, or he might have figured out how to scale his combustion chambers up without melting them. Of course, he wouldn’t have had access to high-speed turbopumps even if he had figured out regenerative cooling.


28 posted on 06/04/2014 4:51:29 PM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: Vaquero

That’s why I said “almost.” An even 100 years makes the joke much funnier, you see


29 posted on 06/04/2014 5:07:00 PM PDT by equalator
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To: Yo-Yo
"If you have a better idea, let’s hear it."

Why thank you-- nuclear rocketry.

30 posted on 06/04/2014 5:08:33 PM PDT by equalator
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To: equalator

For some reason I have an urge to run down to Burger King for a Whopper.


31 posted on 06/04/2014 5:17:48 PM PDT by RetSignman
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To: dfwgator

Maybe they can get 72 virgin grays.


32 posted on 06/04/2014 5:19:09 PM PDT by lostboy61 (Lock and Load and stand your ground!)
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To: equalator

This looks like a joke. A rocket strapped to a heat shield. Not very aerodynamic also don’t look very stable in flight either.


33 posted on 06/04/2014 5:22:09 PM PDT by Bailee
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To: equalator

34 posted on 06/04/2014 5:24:52 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: equalator

35 posted on 06/04/2014 5:28:02 PM PDT by Rastus
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To: dfwgator

What US flag is it that has a cresent on it? Bet they hav e been embarassed over that- or maybe not. ;)


36 posted on 06/04/2014 5:40:08 PM PDT by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: Rastus

With all the UFO Blue Book Files that’s the best they could do?!


37 posted on 06/04/2014 5:42:34 PM PDT by DocJhn
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To: UCANSEE2

That’s one of those Flyer Saucers that is much larger on the inside than the outside.

The “Mars Attacks” Saucers were even bigger on the inside.

It must be Magic.


38 posted on 06/04/2014 5:43:59 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (If Cancer were Contagious, they would call it Liberalism...)
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To: Kickass Conservative

A TARDIS prototype?


39 posted on 06/04/2014 5:46:48 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: equalator
With that big ole rocket blasting out of the bottom side, it has the aerodynamics of a muffin. Is this how Obama intends to take back the space station?
40 posted on 06/04/2014 5:57:21 PM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: equalator

If you mean something like NERVA, it’s a fine idea once you’re already in space but not particularly useful to get there from here.

If you mean something like Orion nuclear pulse propulsion, that’ll work great for getting into space, but you’ll have a tiny PR problem with setting off a thousand nuclear warheads in the atmosphere to do it.


41 posted on 06/04/2014 6:34:11 PM PDT by Turbopilot (iumop ap!sdn w,I 'aw dlaH)
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To: equalator

You’re still shooting something hot out the back end of a pointy thing...


42 posted on 06/04/2014 6:38:29 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: al baby
Good grief, is the pilot Mr. Bean? I wouldn’t be near that flying wreck.
43 posted on 06/04/2014 6:44:04 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: MaxMax

Wait until it starts spinning like a turntable.....


44 posted on 06/04/2014 6:47:30 PM PDT by kjam22 (my music video "If My People" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74b20RjILy4)
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To: kjam22
Wait until it starts spinning like a turntable.....

If it can generate an EM field, that might be the only way it can actually fly...

45 posted on 06/04/2014 10:10:09 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Steely Tom

Goddard did not put anything into space. Neither did the Chinese who invented the solid fuel rocket which is also used to launch crafts into space.

Goddard was a genius and von Braun took all his knowledge to put the first man made object into space.


46 posted on 06/05/2014 3:28:40 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: equalator

Nuclear. My favorite is project orion. BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM etc


47 posted on 06/05/2014 3:30:49 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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