An experiment that could lead to a breakthrough in the design of space vehicles successfully completed its final design review in February and is planned for flight demonstration in June. The flight experiment will test ultra-high temperature ceramic material that could radically improve thermal protection of spacecraft through the extreme heat of reentry into Earth’s atmosphere. The Slender Hypervelocity Aerothermodynamic Research Probe – or SHARP B2 – is one of the Future-X flight experiments selected by NASA to help mold the future of space transportation. NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., manages the Future-X Program. The SHARP B2 experiment is led by NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif.
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