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[ FIRST IMPRESSIONS ]

Daring perseverance

W

hen NASA's Perseverance rover was named in 2019-by a
seventh grader in a " name the rover " contest-no one could
have predicted what the word " perseverance " would mean for
us in 2021. We've been persevering and flexing and pivoting for
more than a year. The rover's landing on Mars in February felt like a rare
moment of worldwide celebration and awe.
But the rover's name isn't the only inspiration we can take from
NASA's latest mission.
When the rover's parachute was under development, engineers
conducting a high-altitude test noticed that the checkerboard pattern
made it difficult to evaluate how the 320 individual segments unfurled
and inflated. The solution was to create a distinct pattern-and to have
fun with it. Assigning binary code to the orange and
white sections, the engineers composed the message
" DARE MIGHTY THINGS " -a popular saying
at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory drawn from
a Teddy Roosevelt speech. Unsurprisingly, within
hours of NASA's release of Perseverance's landing
video, internet sleuths had solved the puzzle.
You'll find more details on the development of
the parachute fabric on page 10 of this issue of
Review. The experts at Heathcoat Fabrics Ltd.
describe the parachute as " world record-breaking "
Jill C. Lafferty, Senior Editor
because the spacecraft it helped to slow down was
carrying the heaviest payload yet to the Mars surface.
Although I'm not sure if " world record-breaking "
STAY IN TOUCH
is the right phrase if the record was broken not on
We want to know
Earth but on Mars. As we explore beyond our big
what you're loving in this
blue planet, we may need to be more daring with our
issue and what you'd like
descriptive vocabulary. Universe record-breaking?
to see more of.
Stay in touch by emailing
I'm happy to remain on Earth, but after a year
jclafferty@ifai.com.
of no travel, I'd be thrilled to jump on a plane and
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and Twitter, and visit
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to southern Utah to explore the slot canyons that
for additional content.
inspired this massive and complex piece of fabric art.
Also in this issue, you'll find the fabrics you need to take your projects
from inspiration to installation in Part 2 of our annual Specialty Fabrics
Showcase, including an especially robust category of fabrics that offer
health, safety and protective features. As we have reported in the pages
of Review for the last year, fabric innovators have persevered through
this pandemic by daring mighty new things.

[

CALENDAR OF EVENTS ]

May 2021
Tarp Association Virtual Series
MAY 11 & MAY 18 / Online series to
build connections and learn from others
in the industry.

https://tarp.ifai.com/virtualseries

June 2021
OFPANZ 2021 Conference
JUNE 24-26 / Parnell Hotel and Conference
Centre, Auckland, NZ.

www.ofpanz.co.nz

August 2021
Outlook Conference 2021
NEW DATE! AUG. 29-31 / Omni Hilton Head
Oceanfront Resort, Hilton Head, S.C. USA.

https://usindustrialfabrics.ifai.com/events/outlookconference/

November 2021
Oct. 1-4, 2019
Orlando, FL

Orange County Convention Center

SAVE THE DATE
Nov. 2-4, 2021 | Education: Nov. 1-4
Music City Center | Nashville, TN USA
www.ifaiexpo.com

January 2022
Marine Fabricators Conference
JAN. 13-15 / Wild Dunes, Charleston's
Island Resort, Isle of Palms, S.C.

https://marine.ifai.com/marine-fabricatorsconference/
Tent Expo
JAN. 18-20 / ONE DAYTONA
Daytona Beach, Fla.

https://tent.ifai.com/events/expo/

All calendar events are subject to change.
Please check event websites for the latest information.

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