Testing an Impenetrable Shield

A team of Aerospace engineers and scientists developed a unique procedure to test for defects on a seemingly impenetrable spacecraft heat shield…. READ MORE >

From left, Dr. Toby Case, Dr. Yong Kim, and Dr. Shant Kenderian, of the Space Materials Laboratory, developed a nondestructive technique for examining the bond quality on the Orion heat shield. Here they are shown with the ultrasonic transducer and a sample of the heat-shield material; the monitor behind them shows the type of imagery produced by the technique. (Photo: Jasen Ross)