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Slideshow: Composites Go to Mars on MAVEN Spacecraft

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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Composites in space.
Ann R. Thryft   1/2/2014 1:38:58 PM
I agree, William--it will be really interesting to see the results of the analysis of the material's performance after the spacecraft's return.

William K.
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Composites in space.
William K.   12/18/2013 4:01:19 PM
Of course, why not use composite materials if those materials meet the requirements for the space mission. They would probably be a bit less expensive to produce, and the suitable composites could be tailored to have exactly the needed properties and shapes, without a lot of machining.

So it will be quite educational to learn how the materials performed on this mission. 

Ann R. Thryft
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Tough enough for space--and cars
Ann R. Thryft   12/13/2013 11:42:02 AM
Carbon composites have already gone on their way to Jupiter, as well as in other spacecraft components and designed into fuel tanks. I find it interesting that the material comes from TenCate, which is involved in a joint venture developing carbon composites for automotive uses.

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