NASA tests heat shields for Mars exploration vehicle

One of the challenges of a NASA mission to Mars will be providing heat shield to protect spacecraft entering the planet’s atmosphere that are also light and small enough to be carried on the journey from Earth.

Engineers at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, California, believe they have a solution they are currently testing – the Adaptive Deployable Entry and Placement Technology (ADEPT).

ADEPT is a mechanically-deployable heat shield made of carbon fabric, which is flexible and opens like an umbrella. It recently passed a heating simulation test in conditions designed to mimic entering the Martian atmosphere.

You can find more information about the ADEPT project on the NASA website –

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