The material is a PICA formula created by SpaceX for the Dragon capsule that will now be used on Starship for its reentry from orbit. SpaceX is testing the best way to attach the material to the Starship to maximize safety and reuse. The Air Force/Space Force is very interested in SpaceX sharing what they learn from these tests. They hope to apply the knowledge and use the PICA in some of their other projects.I guess that is the patch of protective material they are testing for the Air Force?
Any details about exactly what it's made from?
Also- seeing as Starships don't glow red hot (so far!) on reentry from their test flight, how useful is a test at such lowish (!) speeds?
Awww man... link?
“it goes to 11”. Eleven has been one of Elon”s favorite numbers. Hope it truly does this time!
Right. And it's hard to find space-rated water towers, so they had to build their own form hardware store parts.I’m positive I’ve seen these attachment thingies somewhere. And that would not surprise me: SpaceX uses off-the-shelf stuff all the time. “Space-rated” seems like an easy way to make a lot of money selling over-engineered bolts.