NASA test a new heat shield featuring Spider-weave, This Spectacle captured at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, California, could have important remifications for future space mission. The photo show in the material might one day allow vehicles to clear enter the atmospheres of other Planets without heating up, as well as free up more room inside spacecraft.
This photographer taken by Patrick Viruel, the image shows a new type of fabric called Spider-weave being tested for NASA’s Adaptable, Deployable, Entry and Placement Technology (ADEPT), an entry system design for galactic mission. Because planetary atmospheres can reach scorching temperature of several thousand degrees Celsius, ADEPT requires a heat shield made of a material that can withstand such extreme conditions without disintegrating or tearing apart.
Previously tested Unlike materials that were made by stitching together individuals panels, Spider-weave continuously woven into the heat shield’s fabric, make safe and efficient space travel to other planets by rovers, shuttles and other vehicles all the more likely.
ADEPT team found that Spider-Weave fared well when temperature to expose 1500 degree C. It can be compactly stored upon launch, which is useful for saving space for scientific payloads that researchers want to take to and from Planets such as Mars.