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Nextel ceramic fabric stars in recent International Space Station walk

By / August 27, 2012

Stuffed Whipple shield schematic. Credit: NASA. It didn’t get much attention (unless one is an International Space Station or NASA TV junkie) when a fairly significant event for the ceramics world occurred Aug. 20, but about 250 miles above the Earth, a tried-and-true ceramic fabric, among other materials, was employed as part of safety upgrade to the…

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Video: NASA engineers test inflatable reentry heat shield prior to flight test

By Eileen De Guire / July 10, 2012

NASA flight engineers put an inflatable heat shield through extensive ground testing in advance of a flight demonstration of the Inflatable Reentry Vehicle Experiment. Credit: NASA Langley Research Center. NASA flight engineers are getting ready to launch a flight demonstration of the Inflatable Reentry Vehicle Experiment, or IRVE-3. The flight test window is July 20-24,…

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