New woven composite materials are an advanced space technology that mark a major milestone toward development of the space systems that will enable extending human and robotic presence throughout the solar system. Today, our Administrator Charles Bolden and Space Technology Mission Directorate Associate Administrator Michael Gazarik toured the Bally Ribbon Mills facility in Bally, Pa. to get a first-hand look at the manufacturer’s high-performance multidimensional (3D) woven materials. The company is weaving the multifunctional thermal protection system padding used to insulate and protect our Orion spacecraft. Orion, which recently completed its first flight test, will carry astronauts to Mars and return them safely to Earth with the help of this technology. The next test of this thermal protection technology will be on Orion on Exploration Mission-1 in 2017.
Video and Image credit: Bally Ribbon Mills/ NASA JPL
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