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Heat Shield Paves the Way for Commercial SpaceThe 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.
Document ID
20140000085
Document Type
Other
Date Acquired
January 8, 2014
Publication Date
January 1, 2014
Publication Information
Publication: Spinoff 2013
Subject Category
Man/System Technology and Life Support
Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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