Press Release

NASA Hypersonic Inflatable Technology Test Now Set for Monday July 23

By SpaceRef Editor
July 21, 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 Monday, July 23.

The Inflatable Reentry Vehicle Experiment (IRVE-3) launch was postponed because of bad weather in the recovery zone off the North Carolina coast. NASA now has two 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.

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

For more information about IRVE-3 and the HIAD project, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/hiad

SpaceRef staff editor.