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a revolution in the making: advances in materials that may transform future exploration infrastructures and missionsThe NASA Strategic Plan identifies the long-term goal to provide safe and affordable space access, orbital transfer, and interplanetary transportation capabilities to enable research, human exploration, and the commercial development of space; and to conduct human and robotic missions to planets and other bodies in our solar system. Numerous scientific and engineering breakthroughs will be required to develop the technology necessary to achieve this goal. Critical technologies include advanced vehicle primary and secondary structure, radiation protection, propulsion and power systems, fuel storage, electronics and devices, sensors and science instruments, and medical diagnostics and treatment. Advanced materials with revolutionary new capabilities are an essential element of each of these technologies. This paper discusses those materials best suited for aerospace vehicle structure and highlights the enormous potential of one revolutionary new material, carbon nanotubes.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Harris, Charles E.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA United States)
Dicus, Dennis L.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA United States)
Shuart, Mark J.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA United States)
Date Acquired
August 20, 2013
Publication Date
January 27, 2001
Subject Category
Composite Materials
Report/Patent Number
AIAA Paper 2001-4679
Meeting Information
AIAA Space 2001 Conference and Exposition(Albuquerque, NM)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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