• The Evolution of the MSL Heatshield 

      Driver, David M.; Slimko, Eric M.; Beck, Robin A. S. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-26)
      The MSL entry vehicle will be experiencing aerothermal environments that no previous Mars entry vehicle has seen, and as such, will require a heatshield that no previous Mars entry vehicle has flown. Early assessments of ...
    • NASA Crew Exploration Vehicle, Thermal Protection System, Lessons Learned 

      Venkatapathy, Ethiraj; Reuther, James (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-26)
      The Orion (CEV) thermal protection system (TPS) advanced development project (ADP) was initiated in late 2006 to reduce developmental risk by significant investment in multiple heat shield architectural solutions that can ...
    • SpaceX Dragon Re-Entry Vehicle: Aerodynamics and Aerothermodynamics with Application to Base Heat-Shield Design 

      Trevino, Loretta (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-26)
      The purpose of SpaceX is to improve the reliability and cost efficiency of access to space. The NASA COTS procurement provides the mechanism to accelerate the timing of human orbital transportation development. SpaceX's ...