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Nasa heat shield launch a success

2012-07-23 21:18

Atlantic - Nasa says an experimental heat shield for future spacecraft landings has successfully survived a test launch that brought it through the earth's atmosphere at speeds of up to 12 230 km/h.

The demonstration launch occurred on Monday at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

A high-speed Navy Stiletto boat is attempting to retrieve the 310kg heat shield.

The purpose of the launch was to determine whether a space capsule can use an inflatable outer shell to slow and protect itself as it enters an atmosphere at hypersonic speed during a planetary entry and descent.