Flexible Thermal Protection System Materials


NASA calls the inflatable spacecraft technology Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator or HIAD, for short (Source: NASA).

NASA calls the inflatable spacecraft technology Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator or HIAD, for short (Source: NASA).

Posted: May 28, 2020 | Completed: May 21, 2020 | DTIC Accession No.: DSIAC-2195322
What type of flexible hypersonic thermal protective materials have been researched and are available that are capable of surviving high temperature, high Mach environments to enable variable geometry hypersonic aircraft?

DSIAC received a technical inquiry requesting information on research into and availability of flexible thermal protection system materials. Materials engineering subject matter experts at the Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc. performed literature searches using DTIC, open sources, and university libraries to provide a listing of the efforts that have tried to produce these material systems (mostly sponsored by NASA) and identified several options in varying degrees of development and technology readiness levels. This report is available in the DTIC R&E Gateway.