Answers Your Questions
From: Mike Brumleve, of Lebanon, Ohio, |
To: Sally Davis, flight director
Question: Many structures on the ISS and in the shuttle payload bays have white fabric coverings. What are they made of, and what do they do?
The fabric coverings in the shuttle payload bay are part of the thermal protection system. They are made of silicon-impregnated glass fiber batting covered with Kapton.
- Mel Friant
Orbit 2 MMACS (Mechanical, Maintenance, Arm and Crew Systems)