Flexible Composites for Space

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Payload mass reduction and packaging efficiency in launch vehicles are essential for deep space exploration. [HTML_REMOVED]Inflatable softgoods have been identified as attractive approaches to meet these needs. [HTML_REMOVED]Applications include crew habitation and collapsible airlocks (in-space and on planetary surfaces), and inflatable decelerators for planetary entry systems. [HTML_REMOVED]However, heritage softgoods approaches are based on woven, crimped fabric. [HTML_REMOVED]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. [HTML_REMOVED]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.[HTML_REMOVED] 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 August 1, 2018
Metadata Updated Date May 2, 2019

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