Flexible TPS

Flexible thermal protection systems (TPS) are essential components of launchers and deployable/inflatable entry systems. Wherever a deployable structure or inflatable membrane experiences significant thermal heating, flexible TPS is needed.

Vorticity has developed European-leading flexible TPS knowledge and design capability across multiple projects. We have particular experience of applying this knowledge to atmospheric entry and aerocapture mission design. Vorticity leads on flexible TPS requirements definition, system engineering, mechanical design, breadboarding, manufacture and qualification.

Vorticity also has well-established links with the European test facilities essential to flexible TPS ground testing and qualification.

Flexible TPS arc-jet test at DLR