The team recently completed the first round of testing with a new high-temperature resistant ceramic coating. This coating is intended to be used on the nose cone to lessen the effects of aerodynamic heating. A cooler nosecone is ideal, because it allows us to select a thinner and lighter material.
The team conducted a series of experiments to determine the optimal application technique and layering. The results of these experiments will be useful in determining what the next step is in testing this exciting material.