Nuclear-Blast Resistant, and Also Hard to Negotiate Over.
June 11, 2011 1:31 PM Subscribe
Starlite: Ineffective for Car Bonnets, Great Against Nuclear Blasts.
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In the late 1980s, an English amateur inventor and hair-dresser released
a plastic which, he claimed, had unusual heat-resistant properties. BBC Television demonstrated the material, dubbed Starlite, keeping an egg cool despite a five-minute onslaught from a blowtorch; here the inventor provides
links to the footage
. After initial skepticism, the reception from industrial and military players was rapturous. But while Starlite apparently stood up to the heat of 10000 Celsius lasers, its inventor, wary of being cheated, proved equally stubborn in negotiation, and Starlite seems never have been brought to market or mass production.
Though the early flurry of publicity
led to negotiations with various defense contractors and chemical firms; a NASA spokesman was quoted as saying, 'We have done a lot of evaluation and … we know all the tremendous possibilities that this material has'
; and an SAS team reportedly escorted a sample to an apparently successful test of Starlite against nuclear blasts
at the White Sands nuclear testing range in June of 1991, no contracts are publicly known to have been finalized with the inventor, who is often described as "eccentric". (Conspiracy theories do, of course, exist
.) Twenty years on, Starlite seems to have faded away.