Furnace testing the NASA shuttle nose cone

Furnace testing the NASA shuttle nose cone

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Caption: Furnace testing a nose cone for the NASA space shuttle at over 1,000 degrees C. The nose cone is made of a "reusable" carbon composite consisting of layers of graphite fibre cloth in a carbon binder with a coating of silicon carbide. The composite's heat resistance qualities are needed to withstand the heat generated when the shuttle re-enters Earth's atmosphere.

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Keywords: carbon fibre, furnace test, heat resistant, heat resistant material, manned spaceflight, nose cone, programme, shuttle, shuttle nosecone, shuttle program, space

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