View Full Version : Watercooled shuttles?

2003-Mar-31, 12:24 PM


Donnie B.
2003-Mar-31, 01:32 PM
Good idea. 8)

I wonder how the weight of the cooling water (plus other elements of the system) compares with the weight of the tiles (or other traditional heat shield materials). The penalty may not be all that big.

Sort of ironc, though, isn't it? Similar technology was used to keep the astronauts cool on the Moon. Hasn't anyone thought to apply it to the reentry process before?