Model Boat Mayhem - Forum

Technical, Techniques, Hints, and Tips => Painting, Finishing and Care. => Topic started by: BrianB6 on October 10, 2018, 09:06:17 AM

Title: Nasa paint job
Post by: BrianB6 on October 10, 2018, 09:06:17 AM
Just in case you thought your masking and painting were hard. Look at this!
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/painting-cars-for-mars
Title: Re: Nasa paint job
Post by: TailUK on October 10, 2018, 09:11:03 AM
And people wonder why going into space is so expensive!  "Kwiki Paint" (2 Coats for $95.99 inc tax) would be a much better bet.
Title: Re: Nasa paint job
Post by: Brian60 on October 11, 2018, 08:05:57 AM
An impressive process but you have to ask is it really necessary to be this clean? Itnot going to be used in the environs of the transport craft, its going to be ejected on to a 'dead' planet, so no chance of harming anything around it. Just a quick blow over with a rattle can would be enough,but then again, NASA wouldn't be able to account for billions of dollars in expenditure if they did stuff like that :}
Title: Re: Nasa paint job
Post by: plastic on October 11, 2018, 09:42:00 AM
I used to build satellites & spacecraft.


You need a perfect paint job so no particles come adrift in zero-g and relocate themselves onto the delicate sensors or complex mechanical gubbins.

We once had a foreign goverment's team ask us why we painted everything black - it's because we're Rolling Stones fans...
Title: Re: Nasa paint job
Post by: dreadnought72 on October 11, 2018, 10:17:40 AM
An impressive process but you have to ask is it really necessary to be this clean? Itnot going to be used in the environs of the transport craft, its going to be ejected on to a 'dead' planet, so no chance of harming anything around it. Just a quick blow over with a rattle can would be enough,but then again, NASA wouldn't be able to account for billions of dollars in expenditure if they did stuff like that :}


It's potentially not dead, and spacecraft to Mars fall into the higher categories of the Planetary Protection protocols. This has all the details (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planetary_protection).


Andy