04/18: NASA's Commitment to Nanotechnology
NASA and the Johnson Space Center (JSC) are committed to pursuing and advancing advanced technologies to expand human exploration of space. The true future of space exploration depends on advanced technologies such as nanotechnology and biomimetics.
The goal of our project is to develop nanotube applications that can be used in human space exploration. Due to their extraordinary weight-to-strength ratio, single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) composites are expected to reduce the weight of spacecraft by 50% or more. Other applications for exploration include energy storage, life support systems, thermal materials, nanoelectronics, nanosensors, electrostatic discharge materials, and biomedical applications.
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