Unusual Spacecraft Materials

by Jonathan V. Post, Rockwell Int Corp, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space II


For particularly innovative space exploration missions, unusual requirements are levied on the structural components of the spacecraft. In many cases, the preferred solution is the utilization of unusual materials. This trend is forecast to continue. Several hypothetical examples are discussed in this paper.

Subject Headings: Aircraft and spacecraft | Hydrogen | Material properties | Ice | Ultimate strength | Innovation | Space structures | Forecasting

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