|Making small stuff do big things : applications for nanotechnology in the space sector
|Matthew McGrath, Author
|ISU Individual Project
|Illkirch-Graffenstaden (France) : International Space University, 2019
|1 electronic resource (vi, 38 p.) / col. ill.
|Includes bibliographical references
|Nature does a phenomenal job of creating the world around us atom by atom interlinking matter. To this point, humanity has not been able to reproduce the results nature has achieved. However, the field of nanotechnology is humanity’s attempt to create novel materials out of what nature has provided. The electronics industry is at the forefront of this attempt being driven by Moore’s law to increase computing and processing power year after year. This report identifies four primary categories of study in an effort to link the nanotechnology industry to the space industry. The four categories are nanomaterials, electronics, energy/environment, and medicine. These fields are reviewed for relevant space technologies and two key technologies were identified for further expansion: solar cell efficiency and radiation shielding and protection. Graphene’s strain properties give it the potential to harness solar energies at a larger spectrum resulting in higher solar cell efficiencies. Radiation protection techniques involve nanotechnologies saturated or comprised of hydrogen since cryogenic hydrogen is the most capable shield today. Material properties are also outlined for Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes to show their potential superiority to Aluminum structures and Diamond. The report concludes with a list of recommendations in Chapter 5.
|ISU program :
|Master of Space Studies
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