Inexpensive Bulk Manufactured Graphene for 3D Manufactured Space Components
Reducing the weight of spacecraft and therefore the cost of space missions is one of the premier goals in NASA’s technology roadmap. One of the more publicized and aggressive thrusts of NASA towards that end is their smallsat/microsat/picosat programs. These programs perform space missions previously accomplished by probe programs and very expensive manned missions.
What are three ingredients to weight and cost reductions in smallsats? 1. New nanostructured materials that add new functionality while reducing cost and weight. 2. New microfabricated communications, navigation, sensors and flight systems. 3. New fabrication and manufacturing techniques to produce the smallsats.
Our proposal addresses development of all three ingredients through the use of graphene, 3D polymers and metal manufacturing.
Principal Investigator: Wilson, Chester -- Electrical Engineering
NASA, LSU, LaSPACE
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