Engineers from NASA’s Langley Research Center say they collected good data from the third Inflatable Reentry Vehicle Experiment (IRVE-3) in an early morning flight test from Wallops Island, Va., July 23, and hope to use it to develop lightweight hardware that can bring robots and eventually humans down on the surface of Mars. Nearer term, the inflatable concept may be used to retrieve scientific samples and hardware from the International Space Station, and to recover reusable ...


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