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NASA, ULA find launch opportunity for inflatable heat shield demonstrator


NASA, ULA find launch opportunity for inflatable heat shield demonstrator A flight demonstration of an inflatable heat shield that could be used to retrieve reusable engines from United Launch Alliance’s next-generation Vulcan rocket, and for the delivery of heavier cargo to the surface of Mars, is planned for launch in late 2021 or early 2022 as a piggyback payload on an Atlas 5 rocket with a NOAA weather satellite. The inflatable re-entry decelerator will launch as a joint project between NASA and ULA, which foresee different uses for the technology.   More



(Source: SpaceFlight Now - May 14)

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