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Ultrasonic Tape Lamination Technology Wins NASA Award for Foster-Miller

  • Thursday, 9th September 2004
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Foster-Miller, Inc. has received a 2004 Turning Goals into Reality award from NASA that recognizes its innovative ultrasonic tape lamination (UTL) technology.

The award honours Foster-Miller’s work with Northrop Grumman, Alliant Tech Systems (ATK), NASA Langley Research Center and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center to fabricate a composite cryotank using the UTL process.

High fabrication costs prevent composites from entering some aerospace applications despite excellent properties. The UTL ultrasonic compaction technology means that components can be made that have properties equal to autoclaved parts without having to use an autoclave. Autoclave use can be prohibitively expensive, especially for large parts. UTL compaction may also be the only economically feasible process capable of producing a composite fuel tank for NASA’s next-generation reusable launch vehicle (RLV).

“”I wish to thank NASA for recognizing and honouring this technological breakthrough,”” said William Ribich, president of Foster-Miller. “”I would also like to thank all of our technology partners on this project for supporting and using our UTL process.””

More than 350 people attended NASA’s sixth annual Turning Goals into Reality awards program, which recognizes “”the most significant accomplishments in FY 2003 contributing towards NASA’s goals and objectives in aerospace technology.”” The cryotank project, featured in this newsletter, was one of 13 honoured with awards this year.


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