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A '''heat shield''' is a part which protects shielded parts from overheating. All heat shields work as [[w:ablative heat shield|ablative heat shield]]s. This means each has a certain amount of ablative material, [[ablator]], which slowly breaks apart carrying heat away. All of the heat shields currently in the game have a maximum temperature of 3,400 Kelvin and an impact tolerance of 9 m/s.  As a rule of thumb, it is recommended to use them on capsules which are expected to return ballistically from 55 km or higher.
 
 
A '''heat shield''' is a part which protects shielded parts from overheating. All heat shields work as [[w:ablative heat shield|ablative heat shield]]s. This means each has a certain amount of ablative material, [[ablator]], which slowly breaks apart carrying heat away. All of the heat shields currently in the game have a maximum temperature of 3,400 Kelvin and an impact tolerance of 9 m/s.
 
  
 
Note that these can not only be used for atmosphere reentry, but also to separate a heat-sensitive stack from a heat-generating stage like an engine cluster.
 
Note that these can not only be used for atmosphere reentry, but also to separate a heat-sensitive stack from a heat-generating stage like an engine cluster.
  
 
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All three resemble the heat shield of the [[wiki:Orion_(spacecraft)|Orion MPCV]].
All three appear to be that of the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orion_(spacecraft) Orion MPCV's].
 
  
 
{{Stats table heat shields}}
 
{{Stats table heat shields}}

Revision as of 16:27, 4 December 2015

A heat shield is a part which protects shielded parts from overheating. All heat shields work as ablative heat shields. This means each has a certain amount of ablative material, ablator, which slowly breaks apart carrying heat away. All of the heat shields currently in the game have a maximum temperature of 3,400 Kelvin and an impact tolerance of 9 m/s. As a rule of thumb, it is recommended to use them on capsules which are expected to return ballistically from 55 km or higher.

Note that these can not only be used for atmosphere reentry, but also to separate a heat-sensitive stack from a heat-generating stage like an engine cluster.

All three resemble the heat shield of the Orion MPCV.

Image Part Radial size Cost
(Funds)
Mass
(t)
Max. Temp.
(K)
Tolerance
(m/s)
Tolerance
(g)
Ablator
HeatShieldSmall.png
Heat Shield (0.625m) Tiny 150
(125)
0.075
(0.025)
3 300 9 50 50
HeatShieldSmall.png
Heat Shield (1.25m) Small 300
(200)
0.3
(0.1)
3 300 9 50 200
HeatShieldLarge.png
Heat Shield (2.5m) Large 600
(200)
1.3
(0.5)
3 300 9 50 800
HeatShieldHuge.png
Heat Shield (3.75m) Extra large 900
(0)
2.8
(1.0)
3 300 9 50 1 800
Heat Shield (10m).png
Heat Shield (10m) Large / 10m 2 400 1.5 3 500
(3 250)
9 50