Heat Shield (10m)

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Heat Shield (10m)
Part image
Heat shield by
O.M.B. Demolition Enterprises
Radial size Large
Cost (total) 2 400.00 Fund
Mass (total) 1.50 t
Drag 0.1
Max. Temp. 3500 K
Impact Tolerance 9 m/s
Research Heavy landing.png Heavy Landing
Unlock cost 6400 Fund
Since version 1.1
Part configuration InflatableHeatShield
Testing environments
On the surface ✓ Yes
In the ocean ✓ Yes
On the launchpad ✓ Yes
In the atmosphere ✓ Yes
Sub orbital × No
In an orbit × No
On an escape × No
Docked × No
Test by staging × No
Manually testable ✓ Yes
The heat shield from several angles.

Unlike other heat shields, the Heat Shield (10m) uses a large inflated surface instead of ablator to slow down the space craft to which it is attached, while passing through an atmosphere.

When inflated, the shield has a diameter of 10m, but is 2.5m in diameter in its uninflated state.

Once deployed, it can not be deflated.

Product description

Based on the design of a child's toy, this heat shield uses a set of inflatable rings covered with a thermal blanket to provide a generous 10 meter heat shield for reentry and deceleration, and the aerodynamic qualities of an untethered bouncy castle.

O.M.B. Demolition Enterprises

Trivia

  • A smaller scale inflatable heat shield was successfully tested by NASA in 2009.[1]
  • It appears to be able to float on Kerbin's water without flipping.

Changes

1.2
  • Moved from Aero to Thermal
  • Added ModuleLiftingSurface
1.1
  • Initial release