Forget about moon colonies. A new thermoset composite, developed in part by Owens Corning through a joint development program with Lockheed Martin under the name Applied NanoStructured Solutions LLC, provides electrical magnetic interference shielding for vital components on the Juno satellite, which will orbit Jupiter to provide the best view yet of that planet. The hybrid composite includes carbon enhanced reinforcements, produced by ANS. Lockheed Martin describes the part as providing: "contoured supports to prevent thermal blanketing from interfering with the three solar array support mechanisms. The supports also provide an electrostatic discharge path. During its 5-year journey to Jupiter, the Lockheed Martin-made Juno spacecraft will rely on solar energy to power it computers and instruments." Thanks to Plastics News staff reporter Rhoda Miel for today's post -- she discovered the project at the Society of Plastics Engineers Topcon event in San Antonio, Texas.
Composites help protect Jupiter satellite
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