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Engineers last week successfully stacked and unfolded a giant 1 million SPF sunscreen that will protect NASA’s next generation space telescope as it investigates the history and working of the universe.
The tennis court-sized solar shield will protect the James Webb space telescope’s delicate infrared sensors from interference by the sun. It will be folded during launch and unfurl on command once the telescope, the most powerful space observatory ever built, reaches its orbit.
Deploying the shield will create a hot sun-facing side and cold side pointed away from our star. The observatory’s warm side will reach 185 degrees Fahrenheit, while the cold side will be a chilly -388 degrees F thanks to the sunshield’s five layers that passively radiate incoming solar energy out into space. The sun, Earth and moon will always remain on one side to prevent their infrared energy from swamping the Webb’s sensing equipment, which is designed to pick up the same wavelengths from faint and very distant sources in the universe.
Originally devised as a reconnaissance and surveillance craft for the U.S. Army’s Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle program, the 300-foot long Airlander 10 airship remained only a dream until 2012. Biuilt by Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), the Airlander 10 has been updated with new technology like a paper-thing weave of carbon fiber, mylar, and Kevlar that is supposed to protect it even from lightning strikes. Its designers also claim that the cost of operation is between 10 and 20 percent of that for a helicopter, and it only loses 10 percent of its helium per year. If a second flight this year goes as planned, HAV hopes to use the Airlander 10 as a substitute for planes on short-haul cargo flights, sports broadcasting, and even police surveillance.
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SPACESUIT ‘64 — NASA publicity photo from April 1964. The original caption reads: “The prototype hard suit, allowing increased mobility and constant volume atmosphere, was delivered to NASA in March 1964 for two months of evaluation testing. A hard suit was proposed to MSC in 1963 by Litton Industries, Beverly Hills, Calif., for extended extra-vehicular use on the Lunar or planetary surfaces during advanced space flight programs.”
SpaceSkin is a extremely lightweight, ultra-thin mylar membrane, also called “Space blanket”, treated with a special polymeric coating that adds great strength an durability to it.
First developed by NASA in 1964 for the US space program, the Space blanket consists of a thin sheet of plastic (often PET film) that is coated with a metallic reflecting agent, making it metallized polyethylene terephthalate (MPET), usually gold or silver in color, which reflects up to 97% of radiated heat.
For use in space, polyimide substrate is usually employed due to its resistance to the hostile space environment, large temperature range (cryogenic to -260 °C and for short excursions up to over 480 °C), low outgassing (making it suitable for vacuum use) and resistance to ultraviolet radiation. Aluminized kapton, with foil thickness of 50 and 125 µm, was used e.g. on the Apollo Lunar Module. The polyimide gives the foils their distinctive amber-gold color.
With the addition of a polymeric substrate the blanket acquires a great mechanical resistance and strength. In addition to this its hand touch sensation begins more soft, like suede feeling.