UFO Hunters be advised that now NASA is launching saucer-shaped craft of their own! What could it mean for the future of space travel? What will it do to the search for UFOs? CryptoVille ponders this latest development!
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory explained the reason for creating enlarged, disc shaped craft (artist’s rendition right) this way, “As NASA plans ambitious robotic science missions to Mars, laying the groundwork for even more complex human expeditions to come, the spacecraft needed to land safely on the Red Planet’s surface will become larger and heavier in order to accommodate explorer’s extended stays on the Martian surface.”
The launch, originally planned for today has been postponed until Thursday (today) due to high wave conditions in the planned landing zone in the Pacific ocean. When it does launch, the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator will take-off from Hawaii’s U.S. Navy Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai whereupon a huge high-altitude weather balloon will carry it into the stratosphere.
Once aloft the balloon and vehicle will disconnect at 120,000 feet. Then the vehicle will accelerate to three (or four – I’ve read conflicting reports) times the speed of sound until it reaches its goal of approximately 34 miles (180000 feet) above the Earth’s surface. From there an airbag will inflate around the saucer and a huge parachute will deploy, both aimed at slowing down the vehicle as it lands in the Pacific Ocean. NASA plans to retrieve the vehicle and its data from the ocean.
This vehicle is considered roomy by space craft standards and will easily haul much needed equipment, supplies, and crew to all the Martian expeditions. The trick is getting it to land on Mars safely.
Mars’ atmosphere is much thinner than ours and that makes landing gently problematic. It’s hoped that by using a new parachute technology called the Supersonic Ringsail Parachute, gentle, safe landings will become a reality.
NASA stated, “We want to see if the chute can successfully deploy and decelerate the test vehicle while it is in supersonic flight.”
This current saucer-shaped vehicle is 15 feet wide, weighs 6,808 pounds (3,088 Kg) and the parachute (the largest ever used) is 100 feet (30 m) in diameter.
It isn’t enough that we’re dealing with drones all over the place now, and remotely operated vehicles, now we’re going to be seeing even stranger weather balloons, huge parachutes, and good grief – saucer-shaped craft in the skies! Further complicating the search for a genuine ET is all the Earth science that we know about and some that hasn’t yet been discovered, especially of the electromagnetic variety.
What’s a UFO hunter to do? I guess it pays to be prudent. When we see things in the sky and elsewhere, give it an honest assessment. Could it possibly be something else? If so, err on that possibility.
By weeding out these “red herrings” we’ll be closer to finding the true ETs and their flying machines.
As for humanity and our ability to travel into space, this is a great achievement on NASA’s part. We have to lose those stupid tubular rockets and create craft that are more Star Trek-worthy. That’s the only way we can safely “go where no one has gone before.”
What do you think about NASA’s new craft?