PATO applications

Mars Science Laboratory: 3D simulations of a full-scale ablative heatshield

A 3D simulation of a Mars Science Laboratory’s ablative heatshield meticulously models each tile, simulating the ablation under extreme temperatures during atmospheric entry. It assesses heat transfer, visualizes real-time material recession, and enhances heatshield design, which is crucial for safe spacecraft landings on Mars and advancing space exploration technology.