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August 9, 2018

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2018

New spin on heat shields could cut cost of spacecraft

Rui Wu's prototype spinning heat shield

If you're building a spacecraft that's going to be landing on a planet that has an atmosphere, then you'd better equip it with a heat shield. Although some approaches to such shields can be heavy and/or complex, a University of Manchester PhD student has developed one that's simple, cheap and lightweight.

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