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NASA to Test Inflatable Heat Shield

NASA PR — The Inflatable Reentry Vehicle Experiment (IRVE-3) is the third in a series of suborbital flight tests of this new technology. It is scheduled to launch from the Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore this summer.


  • Parabolic Arc
  • May 23, 2012
Team Pushes Inflatable Towers for Space Access

Inflatable tower could climb to the edge of space

A giant inflatable tower could carry people to the edge of space without the need for a rocket, and could be completed much sooner than a cable-based space elevator, its proponents claim.


  • Parabolic Arc
  • June 9, 2009