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Hypersonic Inflatable Heat Shield Tested Successfully - Universe Today
Caption: IRVE-3 was launched by a sounding rocket at 7:01 a.m. Mon., July 23, from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. Credit: NASA. A prototype for a large inflatable heat shield that could one day be used for landing large payloads on Mars was tested successfully on July 23, 2012, surviving a hypersonic speeds through Earth’s atmosphere. … Continue reading "Hypersonic Inflatable Heat Shield Tested Successfully"