boring is beautiful

Orion heat shield Shuttle thermal protection system
tile configuration pleasantly boring are you kidding me?
launch configuration shrouded exposed
moving parts no door needed single point of failure landing gear doors
relative size (1) small footprint large, irregular surface
overall solid foundation for the future high pucker factor

(1) – Image adapted from daviddarling.info.

There’s unavoidable beauty in Orion’s new simplicity.

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