What coats a Dragon

What a difference a day makes…

What difference a day makes – on right Dragon in Space a day before splashdown picture

So what keeps it from burning up on entry?

The Heat Shield

Phenolic Impregnated Carbon Ablator (PICA) was developed by NASA Ames Research Center. An improved and easier to manufactured version called PICA-X was developed by SpaceX in 2006-2010 at cost 10 times less than the NASA PICA. A PICA-X heat shield is theoretically re-usable hundreds of times with only minor degradation.

The Paint

SOLEC’s LO/MIT-I Radiant Barrier Coating

Read about it here

This is usually used as a reflective barrier roof coating.

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