TenCate Advanced Composites Delivers High Performance Composites for Sunshield

march 13 2012

High performance composites from TenCate Advanced Composites in Fairfield (California), USA, are utilized in the manufacture of the mid-boom sunshield deployment structure of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, world’s premier astrophysics observatory. The launch of this telescope is planned for 2018.

TenCate Advanced Composites provided pre-impregnated composite materials under contract to Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems and its business unit Astro Aerospace, which recently completed fabrication of the sunshield deployable mid booms composite tubes for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. These high performance materials become an even stiffer structure as they are loaded.

Michael Cichon, Director of Product Marketing of TenCate Advanced Composites USA explains: ‘TenCate is the leading supplier of composite prepregs to the North American satellite industry. The high performance composites utilized on these sunshield tubes or masts that deploy the tennis court-sized sunshield are more than twice as stiff as advanced composites used on commercial aircraft. Equally important, these composite materials must perform reliability in space under harsh thermal cycling conditions.’

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