As reported on the agency's website, the "flying saucer" will visually resemble a spaceship of aliens from cartoons. The unit will be equipped with an inflatable doughnut and a parachute, the ZN news agency reports.
During the experimental test, the saucer-shaped vehicle will be lifted with the help of a balloon to an altitude of about 120,000 feet and dropped. "There, over the Pacific, it will be dropped and its booster rocket will kick in and carry it to 180,000 feet (55 kilometers), accelerating to Mach 4. Once in the very rarified air high above the Pacific, the saucer will begin a series of automated tests of two breakthrough technologies," NASA announces.
The summer testing of the vehicle will be the second in the history of LDSD. March 31, 2015 NASA conducted an inspection on rotating. The disc was twisted 30 rpm for checking its balancing.
It is worth noting that according to the creators, this technology will have to ensure safe landing for the device on the surface of Mars in the rarefied atmosphere.