Skip Navigation
FREE: Federal Resources for Educational Excellence - Teaching and Learning Resources From Federal Agencies

Subject Map
Applied Sciences
Computers/Tech (16)
Engineering (26)
Earth Sciences
Climate Change (42)
Environment (64)
Geology (37)
Oceans (42)
Other Earth Sciences (76)
Life Sciences
Animals/Zoology (35)
Botany (19)
Cells (26)
Diseases (35)
Genes, Evolution (43)
Human Body (31)
Interdependence (25)
Medicine (28)
Other Life Sciences (45)
Physical Sciences
Chemistry (37)
Energy (25)
Physics (46)
Other Physical Sciences (23)
Space Sciences
Aeronautics (27)
Astronomy (60)
Other Space Sciences (31)
Other Science (45)
What's New

Science » Space Sciences » Aeronautics

Engineering Design Challenges: Thermal Protection Systems Educator Guide

helps students (Grades 6-9) learn how NASA engineers design thermal protection systems -- the systems that protect spacecraft from the heat of atmospheric friction (during launch and re-entry) and engine exhaust heat. Students work in teams to design, build, and test an aluminum foil and copper screening structure built to protect a model launch vehicle from a propane torch for as long as possible. (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

   Go to this website

Interesting Fact:

Space vehicles must have thermal protection systems (TPS) to maintain acceptable temperatures. When designing the TPS, aerospace engineers must consider the heat from atmospheric friction on a spacecraft during launch and re-entry and the extreme heat generated from the exhaust plumes of the engine.
See caption below

Ares I and Ares V

 This website also appears in:
Science »  Applied Sciences »  Engineering

    About FREE      Privacy     Security     Disclaimer