Reply to post: ""completely reuseable" TPS cannot at present work."

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""completely reuseable" TPS cannot at present work."

Are we sure? That was forty years old technology - it was designed and built in the 1970s. The Shuttle was tested without unmanned launches, no surprise some issue arose.

Are we sure synthetic material technology of today can't deliver a simpler (less tiles) and easier to maintain heath shield?

The X-37 is said having an "improved" thermal protection - what is it using?

Ablative shields are surely cheaper, and for small capsule, not costly to replace.

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