NASA technology will help firefighters

The work of firefighters is extremely dangerous as even asbestos overalls do not provide 100 percent protection against heavy burns. NASA engineers working with the Department of Forestry are working on a new thermal shield that will protect the lives of firefighters during forest fires.

Now firefighters fighting forest fires use cyanophyll weighing more than 2 kilograms to protect them from the heat. NASA engineers, however, believe that they can create a more effective solution by using space vehicle technology to prevent them from burning when entering the atmosphere.

The project began in 2013 after 19 firefighters lost their lives in the Yarnell Hill fire, with two NASA engineers, Mary Beth Wusk and Anthony Calomino, who used the new heat shield for future spacecraft and turned it into a cover, Which would protect firefighters from extreme temperatures.

After hundreds of tests at the Langley research center, they managed to create a prototype of such a shield. Now it will be handed over to the University of Alberta researchers who will be carrying out field trials to prove the effectiveness of the new technology.

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