Super Lightweight, Metal Rubber Fabric for Extreme Space Environments Project

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NanoSonic has fabricated revolutionary nanostructured, yet macroscale, multifunctional Metal Rubber[HTML_REMOVED]SUP[HTML_REMOVED]TM[HTML_REMOVED]/SUP[HTML_REMOVED] films via layer-by-layer, molecular self-assembly, which enables thickness and placement control over multiple constituents for true nanostructured multifunctionality and homogeneity (surface roughness +/- 5 nm). NanoSonic has recently transitioned this innovative approach into a method to produce flexible, super lightweight, conductive fabrics for inflatable spacecraft. In support of NASA's Vision for Space Exploration, low cost Metal Rubber Fabric[HTML_REMOVED]SUP[HTML_REMOVED]TM[HTML_REMOVED]/SUP[HTML_REMOVED] would be optimized as high performance textiles and sensors for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. Specifically, nanostructured fabrics with ultra-low mass density (0.0011 g/cc), offer electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding and the elastomeric variants exhibit a novel approach to large area sensors. Metal Rubber Fabric[HTML_REMOVED]SUP[HTML_REMOVED]TM[HTML_REMOVED]/SUP[HTML_REMOVED] is not fabricated from conducting polymers or sputter coated fibers. NanoSonic's in situ approach involves chemically reacting monolayers of nanosized components, eliminating residual stress between each constituent. Metal Rubber[HTML_REMOVED]SUP[HTML_REMOVED]TM[HTML_REMOVED]/SUP[HTML_REMOVED] technology has led to advanced electrically conductive (as low as 10-5 [HTML_REMOVED]#937;[HTML_REMOVED]#8729;cm) inorganic/organic hybrid nanocomposites that can be strained to [HTML_REMOVED] 1000[HTML_REMOVED] elongation that return to the original shape and nominal conductivity when released, even at cryogenic temperatures (-80[HTML_REMOVED]#61616;C). Metal Rubber Fabric[HTML_REMOVED]SUP[HTML_REMOVED]TM[HTML_REMOVED]/SUP[HTML_REMOVED] requires less than 1 vol[HTML_REMOVED] of metal, allowing the manufacturing a cost effective, advanced textiles.

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