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27th June 2019, Bally, PA

BRM highlights NASA-award-winning thermal protection system

BRM’s woven TPS provides insulation and protection to a number of NASA programmes. © Bally Ribbon Mills

BRM’s woven TPS provides insulation and protection to a number of NASA programmes. © Bally Ribbon Mills

Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM), an industry leader in the design, development, and manufacture of highly specialised engineered woven fabrics, has highlighted its woven Thermal Protection Systems (TPS) for space, missile, and hypersonic system insulation at the National Space & Missile Materials Symposium from 24-27 June in Henderson, NV.

BRM’s innovative and advanced woven Thermal Protection System (TPS) provides insulation and protection to a number of NASA programmes. The Orion spacecraft has been equipped with the company’s woven composite compression pads specifically designed to provide insulation and structural support.

Developed as part of NASA’s Heat Shield for Extreme Entry Environment Technology (HEEET) project and funded by NASA’s Game Changing Development Program, this tailorable woven TPS material was engineered to reduce entry loads and significantly reduce heat shield mass by 30-40% for extreme entry environment missions. NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) recently recognised BRM’s exceptional design with the Space Technology Award.

BRM designs and manufactures high-performance lightweight multidimensional woven joints, and advanced polar/spiral woven structures for a variety of aerospace and defence applications. These components can be woven with high strength and high-performance fibres, such as Kevlar, Technora, Vectran, Zylon, Nicalon, Nextel, ceramic, graphite, fiberglass, ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene fibre (UHMWPE), metals, hybrids, and more. 

BRM also offers high-performance webbing for such critical applications as parachutes; cargo restraint systems; seating and interior applications; crew safety system components; flight suits; air slides, seatbelts, and flotation devices. BRM’s woven webbing was used as a structural member on the landing system for NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity and can be found in the International Space Station.

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