Inflatable heat shield successfully tested by NASA – Science et Avenir

This article is taken from the monthly journal Sciences et Avenir – La Recherche #911 of January 2023.

NASA, the US space agency, has successfully tested a new type of heat shield launched from low orbit and then retrieved off the coast of Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean. Six meters in diameter, it compresses for transport into space and then inflates on command before re-entry into the atmosphere.

Use during a manned flight?

This shield will allow much more massive payloads to be landed on Mars than with existing rigid shields, such as the astronaut capsule.

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