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IRVE-3 Sounding Rocket Launches Successfully
July 23, 2012
 

The Black Brant rocket carrying the IRVE-3 experiment launched successfully. › View larger
The Black Bart rocket carrying the IRVE-3 test launched successfully from Wallops Island, Va. Credit: NASA
UPDATE
The Inflatable Reentry Vehicle Experiment (IRVE-3) was launched by sounding rocket at 7:01 a.m. Monday from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va.

Related Links

› Launch press release
› More about IRVE-3 and the HIAD Project







IRVE-3 Flight Hardware Test Sounding Rocket
07.19.12

Engineers checked out the Inflatable Reentry Vehicle Experiment after the successful completion of an inflation system test. › View larger
Engineers checked out the Inflatable Reentry Vehicle Experiment after the successful completion of an inflation system test. Credit: NASA/ Sean Smith
NASA will launch an inflatable aeroshell/heat shield technology demonstrator on a Black Brant XI sounding rocket July 22 from the agency's launch range at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Inflatable Reentry Vehicle Experiment (IRVE-3) is the third in a series of suborbital flight tests of this new technology.

Technicians will vacuum pack the uninflated 10-foot (3.05 meters) diameter cone of high-tech inner tubes into a 22-inch (56 centimeters) diameter sounding rocket. During the flight test an on board system will inflate the tubes - stretching a thermal blanket that covers them -to create an aeroshell or heat shield. That heat shield will protect a payload that consists of four segments including the inflation system, steering mechanisms, telemetry equipment and camera gear.


Related Links

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/news/IRVE3.html
http://www.nasa.gov/offices/oct/game_changing_technology/game_changing_development/HIAD/irve-3.html
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/multimedia/iotw-irve3.html
 
 
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