The launch of a Black Brant IX sounding rocket carrying theAdvanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research Experiment or ASPIRE was successfully conducted at 12:19 p.m. EDT, March 31, 2018, from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

ASPIRE wastesting a parachute for possible future missions to Mars.

The Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research Experiment (ASPIRE) took flight from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility Saturday, March 31. This was the second ASPIRE test conducted at Wallops for NASA”s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The next ASPIRE test at Wallops is currently scheduled for later this summer.

ASPIREis managed byNASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, with support from NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, andAmes Research Center in Silicon Valley, California, for the agency’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

NASA’s Sounding Rocket Program is based at Wallops. Orbital ATK in Dulles, Virginia, provides mission planning, engineering services and field operations through the NASA Sounding Rocket Operations Contract. NASA’sHeliophysics Divisionin Washington manages the sounding rocket program for the agency.