Heat shields for the most challenging environments in the galaxy.

Re-entry is one of the most difficult problems one can imagine. We’re here to solve it.

Commercial Spacecraft Module Launch

The Industry Challenge

Today’s Space and Defense Industrial Base has a severely constrained supply chain that lacks commercially available Thermal Protection Systems (TPS). TPS protects spacecraft during the destructive environment of re-entry, vehicles traveling above Mach 5, and military weapon systems. Today, the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) is challenged by high costs and long lead times for heat shields. This changes end-product builds and leads to delays in operational capabilities of systems.


The industry's experts in Thermal Protection Systems

Canopy is building a fully-integrated TPS factory that lowers launch costs, reduces lead times, and increases overall safety of flight for the future.

TPS design optimization and costing

Canopy’s software enables early integration of TPS design, allowing vehicle manufacturers to make fully informed decisions during trade studies and reduce costly last-minute revisions.

Use Cases

We manufacture high-performance thermal protection systems for the world’s most advanced spacecraft operating in the most challenging environments.

Reusable Rockets

Reusable Rockets

Reusable Launch Vehicles that can be recovered and reflown carrying payloads to space.

Orbital Spacecraft

Orbital Spacecraft

Runway takeoff and landing spacecraft capable of operating in space.

Downmass Re-Entry

Downmass Logistics

Reentry capsules for in-space manufacturing, sample, and payload return.



Aircraft and weapon systems capable of exceeding sustained hypersonic flight above Mach 5.


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Six space companies join Techstars aerospace accelerator

SAN FRANCISCO – Five space-related companies from the United States and one from the United Kingdom are joining the fall 2022 Techstars Aerospace and Defense Accelerator.

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Canopy Aerospace | TPS

Canopy Aerospace is a startup manufacturer providing commercial thermal protection systems for emerging space and hypersonic industries. Their main objective: protection at scale for space exploration. They anticipate an operational launch in Fall 2022. 

Canopy Wins 3rd Place at New Venture Challenge

A startup developing saliva-based diagnostics to screen for oral cancers and pre-cancers has won first place in the 26th Annual Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge (NVC), the signature venture competition for MBA students at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. 

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