Through social networks, many users were able to see a “strange” piece that served as a snack dish during a meeting with SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, With the President of IndonesiaGoku Widodo: One of the ceramic plates which is part of spacecraft heat shield.
Despite the conversation between the two, as they talked about “technology and innovation” according to Widodo, what caught their eye was actually a “board.” It was under a small pile of cupcakes. The plate is designed to prevent the SpaceX spacecraft from eventually burning out. During the re-entry process And this is at least one “weird” way to reuse it.
Although the company or Mask has been suspended for the time being If it is already a thermal plateAnd Side roomsan engineer working for SpaceX, “confirmed” the theory, since now “There was no need to use protectionIn spaceships.
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These stacked tiles allow a pattern of shields to be formed around the ship, like a musk Already shown high temperature to test its thermal resistance, And they can reach orbital entry-time temperatures of about 1650 degrees Kelvin, or about 1376 degrees Celsius.
Starship heatshield hexagon tile test pic.twitter.com/PycE9VthxQ
– Elon Musk March 17, 2019
Musk pointed this out These plates are hexagonal So as not to give the hot gas a “straight path” through which it can accelerate through the gaps and is installed only in the atmospheric part of the ship.
This is a great picture from Tweet embed. View lots of details about the spacecraft’s SN11 heat shield tiles.
– BlakeSpace 🚀 (@BlakeSpace42) March 9, 2021
At the moment the spacecraft is expected Stay on the ground until at least JuneBecause you must first finish Environmental Impact resulting from their flights, meanwhile, the armor parts seem to go on to have more uses than just protecting the ship from its launches into space.
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