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Thermal Protection Systems: Past, Present and FutureThermal protection materials and systems (TPS) have been critical to fulfilling humankinds desire to explore space. Composite and ceramic materials have enabled the early missions to orbit, the moon, the space station, Mars with robots, and sample return. Crewed missions to Mars are being considered, and this places even more demands on TPS materials. This talk will give some history on the materials used for earth and planetary entry and the demands placed upon such materials. TPS needs for future missions, especially to Mars, will be identified and potential solutions discussed.
Document ID
20160001151
Document Type
Presentation
Authors
Johnson, Sylvia M. (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Date Acquired
January 26, 2016
Publication Date
January 25, 2015
Subject Category
Space Transportation and Safety
Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics
Report/Patent Number
ARC-E-DAA-TN29151
Meeting Information
International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites(Daytona Beach, FL)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
Keywords
insulators
ablators
TPS

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