Press Release

NASA Launch from Wallops Island Postponed Due to Weather

By SpaceRef Editor
July 21, 2012
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WALLOPS ISLAND, VA – Due to bad weather and rough seas off the coast of North Carolina, NASA has postponed today’s launch attempt of an inflatable heat shield technology demonstration flight from the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va.,

The Inflatable Reentry Vehicle Experiment (IRVE-3) is to be launched on a Black Brant XI sounding rocket and recovered approximately 100 miles east of Cape Hatteras, NC.

Following a weather briefing Sunday afternoon, a decision on a Monday, July 23, launch attempt will be made by mission managers. The launch window on Monday for the IRVE-3 is 7 – 8 a.m. EDT.

The rocket will be visible to residents in the Wallops and southern Chesapeake Bay region.

The NASA Visitor Center at Wallops will open at 4:30 a.m. on launch day for viewing the launch.

Further information on this mission including how to view the launch on the Internet and following the countdown on Twitter and Facebook is available at: http://www.nasa.gov/wallops

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

Further information on the IRVE-3 is available at: http://www.nasa.gov/hiad

SpaceRef staff editor.