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Magnetic heat shields to replace ablative tiles on space shuttles?

By Damir Beciri
5 December 2009

space-shuttle-re-entering-atmosphereHeat shields are an important part of any space vehicle that re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere. The next generation of heat shields made to protect astronauts and payloads on their re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere may use superconducting magnets to deflect the plasma that forms in front of spacecraft as they travel at high speeds in… »