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NASA Scientists Seek to Leverage Nanoscale Materials to Facilitate Spacecraft Flights

A group of NASA researchers is working on a technology that will leverage carbon nanotube composite materials to conduct rocket and spacecraft launches for use in deep space exploration missions.

The scientists, led by NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., have partnered with Nanocomp Technologies to increase the production of high-strength carbon nanotube yarn as part of the Super-lightweight Aerospace Composites program, the space agency said Tuesday.

LaNetra Tate, program executive for NASA's Game Changing Development program, said researchers are looking at leveraging ultra-lightweight materials – such as carbon nanotubes – for space technology applications since they contain mechanical properties that can be used for such endeavors.

 

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