The Manufacturer Podcast | Mission to Mars: a manufacturing odyssey from Tiverton to the Red Planet

In the latest edition of The Manufacturer Podcast we focus on NASA's recent mission to Mars. Daniel Kirmatzis is joined by Peter Hill, Director Woven Fabrics at Heathcoat Fabrics, to discuss the company’s critical role in the recent NASA Perseverance Rover landing on Thursday 18 February 2021.

Listen below as Peter recounts, among other things, those ‘7 minutes of terror’ as Perseverance descended through the thin Martian atmosphere at 16x the speed of sound, and the relief when the signal came back that it had landed safely, knowing that Heathcoat had played a significant role in humanity’s search for life beyond Earth.

Heathcoat was on a 5-year mission to manufacturer a fabric that would deliver the most sophisticated testing equipment NASA has yet sent to Mars, but as Peter explains the company could draw upon their prior experience with the European Space Agency.

It’s a 200 year-old story in the making that began with John Heathcoat in the early nineteenth century and continues to this day, from Tiverton in Devon to the Red Planet.


Rapid inflation testing at NASA Ames Facility - Credit NASAJPL-Caltech

Rapid inflation testing at NASA Ames Facility – Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech


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