Till date, NASA’s missions to Mars involved landing relatively small rovers.

The space agency needs a delivery system that can safely land heavier and bulkier payloads on the Martian surface.

LDSD is one of several crosscutting technologies NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate is developing to create the new knowledge and capabilities necessary to enable our future missions to an asteroid, Mars and beyond.

LSD is one of the three devices that are currently being developed by NASA.

The directorate is committed to developing the critical technologies required to enable future exploration missions beyond low Earth orbit.

These devices will increase payload delivery to the surface of Mars from NASA’s current capability of 1.5 metric tons to 2 to 3 metric tons, depending on which inflatable decelerator is used in combination with the parachute.


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