A Devon-based performance textiles company has hailed the “very proud moment” its super high-strength and heat resistant parachute fabric was used in NASA’s Perseverance rover mission to Mars.
Heathcoat Fabrics was selected by the space agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to design and make the product.
The end result was a fabric that was 30 per cent stronger than traditional material on a weight-for-weight basis before heat ageing and 80 per cent stronger after heat ageing.
The mission launched in July 2020 and landed on Mars last week. NASA intends to investigate the surface geological processes and history of the planet.
Heathcoat Fabrics has now hailed the “very proud moment”.
At the time the contract was announced, Peter Hill, director of woven fabrics at Heathcoat Fabrics, said: “The technical requirements for parachute fabrics to be used in space are increasing because the payloads to be delivered will increase in mass as NASA targets bringing samples back from Mars to Earth over the next decade.
“Higher mass payloads require stronger parachute fabrics with the minimum possible packed volume that are able to withstand an intense heating process which ensures that microorganisms from Earth do not contaminate other planets.”