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TenCate in Technical Partnership on Orion Spacecraft Heat Shield

23 April 2010

TenCate Advanced Composites has developed a line of ultra-high temperature microcrack resistant prepreg systems that were the basis for materials used in Lockheed Martin’s Orion Spacecraft Heat Shield. As part of the Orion program, TenCate was asked to develop a line of compatible film adhesives, resins, core splices and syntactic products. The Orion project represents one of the larger structural applications for out of autoclave processing and capitalizes on TenCate’s fifteen years of experience in out of autoclave materials for general aviation, UAV, satellite and radome structures.

Dr. Frank Lee, Vice President of Technology said “we have worked closely over the last 18 months on this demanding application resulting in the development of materials that can withstand both the rigors of space flight, and the high heat of re-entry. Especially critical in the development effort was the need to provide materials which were optimized for very large scale vacuum bag processing fabrication methods. ”

Scott Unger, Group President reports “TenCate has long played a long standing role in high temperature materials for ablative missile components, high temperature military engine ducts and oil & gas applications.” TenCate’s product offerings include BMI’s, polyimides (AFRPE-4) and cyanate ester resins.