NASA hypersonic Inflatable Tech Test now set for launch July 22

Jul 20, 2012 By David E. Steitz, Kathy Barnstorff and Keith Koehler

NASA managers are rescheduling the launch of an inflatable heat shield technology demonstration flight from the agency's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va., until no earlier than Sunday, July 22.

The Inflatable Reentry Vehicle Experiment (IRVE-3) launch was postponed for one day to allow for additional testing of systems. NASA has three consecutive days of launch opportunities for IRVE-3, with a liftoff window from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. EDT each day.

IRVE-3 is part of the Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (HIAD) Project within the Game Changing Development Program, part of NASA's Space Technology Program.

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More information: NASA Television will air the IRVE-3 launch live and stream it on the agency's website at: www.nasa.gov/ntv

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gopher65
not rated yet Jul 21, 2012
I hope this test works. This could be a major step forward in disposable and partially reusable entry vehicles. Conventional heat shields are both expensive and heavy, a bad combination.