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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. -- A successful NASA flight test has shown that a spacecraft returning to Earth can use an inflatable heat shield to slow and protect itself as it enters the atmosphere at hypersonic speeds. This was the first time anyone has successfully flown an inflatable reentry capsule, according to engineers at NASA's Langley Research Center. The Inflatable Re-entry Vehicle Experiment, or IRVE, was vacuum-packed into a 15-inch diameter payload "shroud" and launched on a small...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Mars, Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC), Where -- Wallops Flight...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/multimedia/iotw-irvelaunch.html
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Frank Quinto, facility manager for the 14- by 22 Foot Subsonic Tunnel, inspects the fan blade area of the tunnel. Technicians erected scaffolding (in the background) to remove the blades for minor repairs. The fan blades will be re-installed so the tunnel can be up and running again by the end of the month. Credit: NASA/Sean Smith
Topic: wind tunnel, Frank Quinto, inspection, fan blades, 14 x 22 Wind Tunnel, 14 x 22
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/multimedia/iotw_14x22.html