Parker Solar Probe Heat Shield

Parker Solar Probe Heat Shield
The Parker Solar Probe officially launched on August 12, 2018 at 3:31 a.m. EDT (7:31 UTC). You can now track the position and speed of Parker Solar Probe here and follow all the latest directly on Nasa’s webpage

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will revolutionize our understanding of the sun

The Parker Solar Probe will swoop to within 4 million miles of the sun’s surface, facing heat and radiation like no spacecraft before it. The Parker Solar Probe will provide new data on solar activity and make critical contributions to our ability to forecast major space-weather events that impact life on Earth.

How We Helped

A 4.5-inch thick, eight-foot diameter heat shield protects the Parker Solar Probe and its instruments against the intense heat and energy, and hypervelocity dust particles of the Sun’s outer atmosphere, the corona, through which the spacecraft will fly on a mission of extreme exploration.

The heat shield consists of a layer of Ultramet’s carbon foam sandwiched between two layers of a carbon composite, and a special outer coating.  While the probe orbits the sun, the front of the shield is expected to reach 2500 degrees Fahrenheit; its back side will be a comparatively frosty 600 degrees Fahrenheit.

Watch the video below to learn more about Parker Solar Probe

Watch the video below to watch the application of Ultramet’s Heat Shield

Parker Solar Probe Heat
Shield on Table

Applying the Heat Shield

The Parker Solar Shield in
a Vibration Test