Designing A Flexible Heat Shield For Spacecraft That Utilizes Centrifugal Force
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Rui Wu is a postdoctoral researcher at Harbin Institute of Technology in the Department of Mechatronic Engineering. Their research focuses on designing lightweight and flexible structures for flight and space exploration.  They received their Ph.D. from the University of Manchester in 2018.

                       

Designing A Flexible Heat Shield For Spacecraft That Utilizes Centrifugal Force

Spacecraft travel at high speeds and have to “brake” before landing onto a planet. When the planet has an atmosphere, aerodynamic drag can be utilized to dissipate the kinetic energy. This process is called atmospheric entry, which requires an aerodynamic decelerator/heat shield that generates sufficient drag, tolerates high temperature, and prevents excessive heat from entering the vehicle. With the spacecraft getting larger and heavier for future space missions, such as human missions to Mars, the required heat shield size will...

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