What is Starlite?


Starlite is a polymer shown to have unrivaled properties in the industry of fire safety. In its more than 20 years of existence, it has been rigorously tested by independent companies and laboratories such as NASA, Boeing, the UK’s Atomic Weapons Establishment and consistently resulted in fire protection and heat shielding levels never seen in other materials. More recently, Thermashield’s own samples have also passed ASTM testing and high-powered laser tests at a renowned US institute of technology, in all instances over performing.

Its performance and lack of toxicity, combined with the secrecy surrounding it, have generated much speculation around Starlite and why it was never commercialized.
Thermashield is on its way to coalescing all of the potential into a series of viable products.

"We have done a lot of evaluations and ...we know all the tremendous possibilities that this material has." 

 Rosendo Naranjo

 NASA program manager  

A well-kept secret

...until now!

Invented by Maurice Ward in the late 1980s, it has received significant publicity since the first coverage aired in 1990 on the BBC science and technology show Tomorrow's World

Starlite’s formulation has never been revealed nor has it ever been closer to being commercialized.

In 2011 Maurice passed away without ever having revealed Starlite’s composition to third parties. Negotiations with industry leaders over the years failed due to the inventor’s lack of trust and his reluctance of giving up control of his formulations, despite interest from NASA, DuPont and other major technological companies. 

In 2013 Thermashield became the only and exclusive owner of all of Starlite's rights, formulas, intellectual property documents, samples, ingredients and more, acquired directly from the Ward estate.

Remember the Egg?

Summarized version of original video from BBC 1990

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Live demonstrations on Tomorrow's World and BBC Radio 4 in 1990 showed that an egg coated in Starlite could remain raw, and cold enough to be picked up with a bare hand, even after five minutes under the flame of a blowtorch. When heat is applied, the material chars, which creates an expanding low-density foam of carbon which is thermally resistant.

Validated Results

(references to the sources)

1993, p.328 - by Pamela Pohling-Brown

 "[…] subjected a Starlite variant to both a simulated nuclear flash and a massive nuclear explosion. The material withstood both and demonstrably provided protection to a composite substrate. It was also subjected to pulses of visual-wavelength lasers which would have burned holes through classic polymer materials almost immediately, showing little damage to the surface. 

Plastic that can withstand a Nuclear Blast?

August 15, 1993

"...Starlite seems to promise coatings that could protect satellites from laser weapons, or shields on tanks that could fend off heat from a nuclear blast."

“...couldn’t touch Starlite even with a plasma torch, which easily cuts through 18 inches of steel.” and “it took 9 seconds to heat a warhead to 900ºC. But a paper-thin layer of Starlite halted the temperature rise at 40ºC”. 

British Aerospace Military Aircraft

ATS 1.000 toxicity & smoke emissions

Atomic Weapons Establishment

Nuclear flash focal point - continuous fluence equivalent to 10.000ºC

Boeing Dec 1997

"The conclussion from this phase of testing is that Starlite has successfully demonstrated "proof of concept" for resisting high-energy lasers and as fire and thermal barrier"

ASTM D635-14

"Standard Test Method for Rate of Burning and/or Extent and Time of Burning of Plastics in a Horizontal Position” - December 2017

Observations: No specimens burned to the 25mm mark. The specimens did not continue to flame after the flame application.

White Sands - UK Def. Res., NASA NATO

Simulated Nuclear Explosion - fluence & blast-over wave pressures.

Ohio State Heat Release 65/65 Aircraft

Interior test - emissions, flux heat & thermal barrier

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No one except for Thermashield has been able to succesfully replicate it or develop a product matching its properties