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Reusable Metallic Thermal Protection Systems DevelopmentMetallic thermal protection systems (TPS) are being developed to help meet the ambitious goals of future reusable launch vehicles. Recent metallic TPS development efforts at NASA Langley Research Center are described. Foil-gage metallic honeycomb coupons, representative of the outer surface of metallic TPS were subjected to low speed impact, hypervelocity impact, rain erosion, and subsequent arcjet exposure. TPS panels were subjected to thermal vacuum, acoustic, and hot gas flow testing. Results of the coupon and panel tests are presented. Experimental and analytical tools are being developed to characterize and improve internal insulations. Masses of metallic TPS and advanced ceramic tile and blanket TPS concepts are compared for a wide range of parameters.
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Document Type
Blosser, Max L. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Martin, Carl J. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Daryabeigi, Kamran (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Poteet, Carl C. (George Washington Univ. Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1998
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing and Performance
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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