Thermal Protection Systems

Thermal Protection Systems

Thermal coatings with large and/or complex shapes for a variety of specialized applications
Qualifications of adhesively bonded assemblies
Vacuum bag, compression and autoclave molding
Molding compound development
Material selection, compatibility, test and performance evaluations
Advanced aero-system design and production
Radomes and other protective systems
Testing
Full post-test analysis and real-time data telemetry acquisition of GPS-navigated hypersonic vehicles
Flight-proven protection.

Weapon & Sensor Systems has a notable heritage in aerospace materials research, development and manufacturing. These thermal protection materials kept America’s astronauts safe during re-entry for NASA’s Apollo program.

Today, an unmatched team of highly specialized experts in aerospace materials provides robust material solutions that deliver protection to structures and re-entry vehicle air frames that protect personnel and high-value assets. For example, the lightweight and highly efficient ablator Avcoat® 5026-39-HC/G is the thermal protection material of choice for the NASA Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle program. In addition, Textron (Avco) pioneered the development of syntactic foam composites and continues to provide these lightweight ablative materials.

Weapon & Sensor Systems maintains a fully operational, extensive aerothermal modeling capability for heat shield materials. These flight-proven computer codes predict thermal response, recession and shape change for all entry environments.

Specifications

Testing
Full post-test analysis and real-time data telemetry acquisition of GPS-navigated hypersonic vehicles

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