Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Rapidly removable thermal protection system

If an organization were planning to subject a reusable vehicle to stress, a wise move for that organization would be to deploy a heat removal system, such as a rapidly removable thermal protection system, in which predictable heat may be efficiently routed away from the vehicle by directing some of the heat into a removable component and then shedding the heat by discarding said component. The example of the space shuttle is here relevant: purposefully losing some peripheral pieces during the hottest parts of the ascent can prevent the vehicle itself from needing to be built to standards sufficient to endure all the heat unassisted.

The best choice for such removable components would be those peripheral to the vehicle, therefore most easily jettisoned under stress. By discarding one or more pieces of the system, the original purpose of the launch can be achieved. When going up against an unthinking atmosphere, where the heat is not intentionally trying to destroy the reusable vehicle but merely operating upon the vehicle in a systemic way related to the said vehicle's speed, shape, angle of approach, et cetera, shed pieces are an efficiency.

Metaphorizing the concept to mass psychology or sociology or political science, the best choice for such shed components would be those that would be most likely to draw ire anyway, such that their seeming failure, in falling away from the components of the vehicle which are meant to be reused for the mission at hand, creates a sense of satisfaction, and a false feeling of input over the launch process. For example, components of a population group who were as intelligent, collectively or individually, as masses of or individual atmospheric gases, respectively, would operate the same as or similarly to said gases, and be then vindicated by scathing components of a rapidly removable thermal protection system, rather than, say, trying to burn up the astronauts, much less the mission directors or policy planners who had more control over the actual launch. The rapidly removable thermal protection system could in this aspect of its purpose be likened to a "drop gun," a "fall guy," or even a "fall chosen."

Any shed components should be retained until their maximum degree of usefulness has been achieved, after which they can be discarded in a dramatic flare which, for its spectacle, will fool the atmosphere-goblins into believing that they have "damaged" the "errant" vessel. In fact, various stages of the rapidly removable thermal protection system(s) are of course meant to fall away merely to distract the atmosphere-goblins, after which the useful components will be retrieved and rewarded and repurposed, and their functions used as teachable moments by public relations spokespersons, who will in more private venues discuss the necessity of such heat-reduction technology, and in more public venues discuss the jettisoning process as proof of the profound impact that compliance and democracy can give to the pragmatic. The rapidly removable thermal protection system could be jettisoned during the first signs of heat, where the reusable vehicle would be forced to stay the course now that it had found itself haplessly enmeshed in a trying situation. Alternatively, the rapidly removable thermal protection system could be retained until the heat grows more intense, at which point its discarding could be likened to a rebirth of the reusable vehicle, perhaps on a cycle of renewal with a duration of, say, four years.


  1. Already you have your icons, Paris Hilton told you "that's HOT!" and before her, David Johanson was trying to stoke your envy by saying he was "feeling HOT HOT HOT!"

    Ohio Players can't be ignored here either.

    What about that P-Funk song where they don't need no water 'cuz they wanna let the....?

    Every year you get reminded, Hot or Not?, for the coming season of disposable trinket display.

    Maybe it's some long-standing envy of that 50s beatnik who first told you something was Cool. Maybe Miles Davis giving birth to Cool was just too much.

    1. Is Ms. Hilton now hosting a TV program with an amusingly delivered catch phrase? So much this one misses, perhaps for the better, but how to understand the jokes?

    2. I seem to recall a show maybe 10 yrs ago where her Hiltonian Wisdom, along with that of Lionel Richie's daughter, provided the first "reality" show outside the confines of the MTV "Real World" surreality show.

      A few years later you'd see the "that's HOT!" comment, usually with a picture of the Hiltonian, in places where Hollywood celebrity is not the focus of discussion. On the internet, I mean. Apparently the TV show was very influential that way.