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Flexible Composites for Space

Metadata Updated: November 12, 2020

Payload mass reduction and packaging efficiency in launch vehicles are essential for deep space exploration.  Inflatable softgoods have been identified as attractive approaches to meet these needs.  Applications include crew habitation and collapsible airlocks (in-space and on planetary surfaces), and inflatable decelerators for planetary entry systems.  However, heritage softgoods approaches are based on woven, crimped fabric.  The new idea is to replace woven fabric softgoods with flexible composites made from non-carbon fibers and flexible matrix resins that were originally developed for racing sailboats.  This new approach will decrease the engineering development time and cost, and also enable mass reductions from the heritage approach. A number of flexible composite layups were considered, fabricated, and tested under static tension to evaluate stiffness, stress-strain behavior, failure loads, and failure characteristics.  Results will be published and comparisons will be made to a woven structure approach for a space habitat in a planned NASA TM.

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Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 12, 2020

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