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Accession Number N14-0000085
Title Heat Shield Paves the Way for Commercial Space.
Publication Date Jan 2014
Media Count 4p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract The Phenolic-Impregnated Carbon Ablator (PICA) heat shield, a lightweight material designed to withstand high temperatures, was used for the Stardust.s reentry into Earth.s atmosphere. Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX later worked with the inventors at Ames Research Center to outfit PICA on its Dragon capsule, which is now delivering cargo to and from the International Space Station through NASA.s Commercial Resupply Services contracts program.
Keywords Ablative materials
Aerospace industry
Cargo
Ceramics
Commercial spacecraft
Earth atmosphere
Heat shielding
Solar system
Space commercialization
Stardust mission

 
Source Agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NTIS Subject Category 95E - Life Support Systems
71A - Ablative Materials & Ablation
84C - Manned Spacecraft
Corporate Author National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1416
Contract Number N/A

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