NASA Center: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Public Release Year: 2009
Reference Number: JPL-SO-171
Category: Public Safety
Origin: Mars Pathfinder airbags, Apollo parachutes
In order to create the Mars Pathfinder's mission-critical airbags in the 1990s, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory collaborated with New Ipswich, New Hampshire's Warwick Mills Inc. to weave multilayer textiles for the airbags for both Pathfinder and the Mars Exploration Rovers. Warwick Mills applied techniques from the collaboration to its puncture- and impact-resistant TurtleSkin product line. The company's metal flex armor (MFA) vests offer stab protection comparable with rigid steel plates and over 50,000 of the vests have sold. The SoftPlate body armor offers protection from handgun bullets, and like the MFA, is designed to be more comfortable than rigid vests. International public safety and military customers are now benefiting from the TurtleSkin products.
Page Number in Published book: 74
Manufacturer: Warwick Mills Inc.