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August 18, 2016
Power of Pink Provides NASA with Pressure Pictures
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 18, 2016
They say you show your true colors when you're under pressure. Turns out the old saying works for models being tested in wind tunnels as well, specifically those coated with a unique Pressure-Sensitive Paint (PSP) that NASA engineers have used for more than 25 years. Today the bright pink paint is helping NASA's aeronautical innovators test new aircraft designs that could cut fuel use in half, pollution by some 75 percent and noise to nearly one-eighth of what it is today. "PSP is great beca ... read more

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