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a protective covering that protects a spacecraft from overheating on reentry

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The IXV project is designed to develop an autonomous atmospheric reentry system for Europe, and also validate the enabling technologies needed to meet his challenge.
Commercial and civil entities use atmospheric reentry to destroy low-flying spacecraft, relieving them of the responsibility of actively dealing with on-orbit trash or worrying about liability issues if their derelict spacecraft collides with someone else's satellite.
from the National Space Development Agency of Japan's (NASDA) Tanegashima Space Center and successfully put a Mission Demonstration Satellite-1 (MDS-1) into orbit, but it failed to release a second device called the Demonstrator of Atmospheric Reentry System with Hyper Velocity (DASH).
Study of Thermo-Chemical Non-Equilibrium Phenomena behind Strong Shock Waves at Atmospheric Reentry
The IXV (Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle), the European Space Agency's atmospheric reentry demonstrator, developed by Thales Alenia Space, was successfully launched by Arianespace today on board a Vega rocket from the Guiana Space Center.
The DASH or demonstrator of atmospheric reentry system with hyperbolic velocity consists of box-shaped storage equipment and a cylindrical tester.
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