NASA: Finished Heat Shield Testing for Future Mars Vehicles
NASA’s Adaptive Deployable Entry and Placement Technology (ADEPT) is a mechanically-deployable heat shield conception using carbon fabric – a versatile heat shield that expands to “open” like an umbrella.
Newly, engineers at NASA’s Ames center in Silicon Valley, California successfully completed heating imitation testing of ADEPT model beneath conditions similar to entering the Martian atmosphere. Throughout the tests, the surface temperatures on the check article reached 1,704 degrees Celsius.
Surface temperatures on the test article reached 3,100 degrees Fahrenheit. The bluish-hue lines, flowing away from the test article, are due to the decomposition of the resin-infused protecting layers that stop degradation of the stitched materialjoins.
Extensive instrumentation and imaging products from the test will be used to validate how materials respond to the testing conditions, the US (North American nation) space agency said in a statement.The testing approach demonstrated with this test will modify future, more extensive testing of the ADEPT configuration – toward doable future use of the system on missions larger than something Nasa’s ever flown.
As nasa missions to Mars progress with science and complex human exploration missions, satellite will require larger heat shields to protect against the intense heat of coming into a planet’s atmosphere and decelerating at a secure altitude within the skinny Martian atmosphere.
Today’s rockets have restricted space to accommodate spacecraft and their heat shields