NASA launches Rockets to Race Cars website, to show contribution to racing industry

By on Sep 8, 2011 in Racing, Science, Sports, United States Comments

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 a new website called ‘Rockets to Race Cars‘.



NASA Rockets to Race Cars
Screenshot Credit: NASA.gov/r2r

As noted by NASA on its official website, the site ‘Rockets to Race Cars‘ is an online program where race fans can learn about the many contributions of the agency to the racing industry.

NASA‘s exploration missions have a huge impact here on Earth,” NASA‘s Office of Communications Associate Administrator David Weaver was quoted in the report.

“This interactive website demonstrates the scope of NASA’s space technology and research efforts.” Weaver added, with the NASA R2R interactive feature also accessible via a touch screen monitor.

NASA cited an example of one of its partnership with various racing organizations to test their cars, where their technology was applied to make the racing industry faster and safer.

According to NASA, the Penske Racing team partnered with them in 1996 and was provided scrap materials from the Space Shuttle’s Thermal Protection System (TPS) blankets.

Apparently, these scrap materials help car racing drivers more comfortable during a racing competition by cooling the driver’s cockpit by 30 to 50 degrees, which is now being used regularly.

Meanwhile, NASA noted that visitors of the NASA R2R website will be able to navigate vital information that the agency contributed, via icons at the bottom of the screen.

Among NASA‘s technology to the racing industry that were featured include heat-resistant paint, fire-resistant materials, and the development of better brakes, along with a scale replica race car.



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