36.326, 36.327 & 36.328 NR CLARK/NASA JPL
Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research and Experiments (ASPIRE)

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The purpose of the ASPIRE series of missions (36.326, 27, & 28) is to demonstrate the high velocity deployment of parachute systems towards the ultimate goal of developing a system that can be utilized to land payloads onto the surface of Mars.

More about the ASPIRE mission: https://www.nasa.gov/wallops/2018/feature/nasa-launching-mars-lander-parachute-test-from-wallops-sep-7

The Principal Investigator is Dr. Clark/NASA JPL.

Drawing of a Terrier-Black Brant sounding rocket

The Black Brant 9 is a two stage sounding rocket with a Terrier first stage and Black Brant second stage. The Black Brant 9 can reach altitudes of about 600 km. Payloads weighing from 400 to 1200 pounds can be flown.

Additional sounding rocket vehicles


Google Earth map showing Wallops Flight Facility

The ASPIRE missions will be launched from NASA Wallops Flight Facility. The first ASPIRE payload was launched on October 4, 2017. ASPIRE-2 was launched on March 31, 2018. ASPIRE-3 was launch on September 7, 2018.