Manufacturer Sample, Heat Shield


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

The steps in the Apollo Command Module heat shield manufacturing process are illustrated in this demonstration sample provided to the Smithsonian by its manufacturer. The model shows the various production stages, beginning at the right with the substrate material, several coatings, a honeycomb supporting structure, a cell-by-cell filling with resin, and subsequent coatings and curing.

The model, along with a sample of actual heatshield, were provided to the Smithsonian in 1975.

Collection Item Long Description:


Heat Shield, Manufacture Sample

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum


Credit Line

Gift of AVCO Corporation, Systems Division


  • Stainless steel, Fiberglas, phenolic resin (Avcoat 5026-39), various coatings
  • Fiberglass


Overall: 1 ft. 6 in. × 2.5 in. × 4 ft., 34 9/16lb. (45.7cm × 6.4cm × 1 m 21.9cm, 15.7kg)

Country of Origin

United States of America


SPACECRAFT-Manned-Parts & Structural Components

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