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.
As the rail sector looks to new technologies to enable it to answer sustainability, performance and cost challenges, applications for pultruded composites are set to grow, according to a new report from the European Pultrusion Technology Association (EPTA). Lightweight, high performance, durable composites offer energy efficient solutions with lower environmental impact and reduced through-life costs in rolling stock and rail infrastructure.
Saertex is introducing two new products focusing on fire protection.
University of Southern Queensland (USQ)’s composites research and development was on display when the Centre for Future Materials (CFM) held its inaugural Open Day.