Composites: The Final Frontier
Composites are taking off as a key material for outer space applications.
From the first heavier-than-air human flight in 1903 to the first manned lunar landing just 66 years after and today’s new Orion spacecraft, the aerospace industry has a history of rapid growth. Composite materials have been integral to this growth, playing an increasingly greater role in pushing the boundaries of space travel. Some of the latest applications that show the breadth of composites usage are cryogenic tanks, deep-space observatories and launch vehicles.