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Quest and Ball Aerospace build VCMLI samples

Quest is providing samples of a new launch vehicle insulation system called Vacuum Cellular MLI (VCMLI) for demonstration to United Launch Alliance.  VCMLI can provide high thermal performance both in-air pre-launch and in-space.  VCMLI is modeled to provide as low as 47 W/m2 in-air and 4.7 W/m2 in-space, compared to Spray On Foam Insulation with approx 236 W/m2 heat flux in-air.  VCMLI uses Quest proprietary technology that provides a cryopumped cellular core with external Launch Vehicle MLI.