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Aerospace LSAM/Alair Accent module for re-entry

  1. Feb 25, 2012 #1
    Just wondering if its possible to reconfugurate an LSAM/Altair accent module to be able to withstand re-entry to earth? What would be used for heat shield upon re-entry?
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  3. Feb 27, 2012 #2


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    Not likely, it would have been designed to operate in Lunar-g which means it would be very lightweight and probably not able to support a big new heatshield to surround it.
  4. Feb 27, 2012 #3


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    Not to mention that the exterior is likely quite thin. It would require a total redesign considering it was designed specifically for vacuum conditions, not moving through air or other media.
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