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Reflecting on Space Benefits: A Shining Example

NASA has long been known for having developed a thin, shiny insulating material, a strong, plastic, vacuum-metallized film with a highly-efficient, infrared-reflective, vapor-deposited coating of aluminum, created to be very lightweight in order to minimize weight impact on vehicle payload while also protecting spacecraft, equipment, and personnel from the extreme temperature fluctuations of space. It has been employed on virtually all manned and unmanned NASA missions. AFM, Inc., supplies marathons around the world with individualized sheets of the material for preventing hypothermia at finish lines. The company has teamed with several manufacturers of outdoor and adventure equipment to produce lightweight insulating survival gear and was also able to team up with charity groups to provide insulating blankets to victims of the earthquakes in Pakistan.
Internal Laboratory Ref #: 
MSFC-SO-183
Patent Status: 
Agency
NASA
Region
Southeast
State: 
Alabama
Phone: 
256-544-9151
Email: 
terry.taylor@nasa.gov
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