Press Release

NASA Hypersonic Inflatable Tech Test Now Set For Launch July 22

By SpaceRef Editor
July 19, 2012
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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — 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 launch vehicle 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.

Media interested in attending the launch of IRVE-3 should contact Wallops Public Affairs Officer Keith Koehler at 757-824-1579 or to arrange for media accreditation.

NASA Television will air the IRVE-3 launch live and stream it on the agency’s website at:

For more information about IRVE-3 and the HIAD project, visit:

SpaceRef staff editor.