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.
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.
Fifty-six-year-old Pasquale Russo has been doing metalwork for more than 30 years in a tiny southern Italy village. Many craftsmen like him brought with them fabrication skills when they came from the Old World to America.
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