05 May 2006
05 May 2006
Alliant Techsystems composite technologies supported last week’s successful launch of a Boeing Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
The launch successfully placed the NASA satellites CloudSat and CALIPSO into orbit. As elements of both satellites, ATK composite structures will help scientists gather information on air quality and long-term climate issues.
An ATK-built antenna on CloudSat will collect radar pulses reflected from clouds to map their 3-D structure and ice/water composition for a better understanding of their effects on earth's climate. The CALIPSO instrument structure, fabricated by ATK, supports key satellite instruments, such as the telescope, star tracker, wide field camera, and shade assembly, all of which aid in precise measurement of aerosol distribution and transport around the world.
The use of composites within the rail industry is predicted to grow by up to 40% between 2015 and 2020 according to the Composites Leadership Forum, reports Fibrelite, a UK manufacturer of composite trench covers.
Plasan Carbon Composites (PCC) has been awarded a contract to produce the first composite ramps and bridgeplates for Amtrak.