Chris Falk, President of Heatsheets, sat down for a podcast with the editorial team of the Space Foundation, a non-profit organization with the goal to inspire, educate, connect and advocate on behalf of the global space community, to discuss Heatsheets and its benefits for athletes, the military and the environment.
Heatsheets and its Silver Lining technology was originally developed by NASA for the U.S. space program and was cleverly re-purposed for everyday use. Chris Falk, with his extensive background in finance and affinity for endurance sports, continues to think of new ways to utilize the same technology that keeps astronauts safe beyond Earth’s atmosphere, here on Earth.
Endurance athletes, specifically marathoners, have utilized Heatsheets for 40 years to stay warm after races. The first “Heatsheet” (originally called a “space-blanket” because of its origins) was used by a marathoner in the New York Marathon because their gear was too far away at the end of a race. Over the years, the “Heatsheet” has evolved from being made of mylar to LDPE (low-density polyethylene), a recyclable product that reflects up to 90% of a person’s body heat back to the wearer while not being harmful to the environment. Athletes (runners, mountain climbers etc.), race directors and the military (blankets, sleep bags) prefer the current product because of its improved sustainability, camouflage capabilities and branding opportunities.
Kirstie Ennis, former U.S. Marine Corp Sergeant, recipient of the Pat Tillman Award for Service at the 2019 ESPYs and extreme sports enthusiast used Heatsheets to stay warm when attempting to summit Mt. Everest and spoke highly of its heating abilities near the peak of the world. U.S. Army Veteran Victor LaGroon and Director of Strategic Partnership and Alliances, Diversity, Inclusion Veterans Advisor at City of Hope wishes that every service member had a Heatsheet to keep them warm during cold-weather warfare.