Novel materials to be developed for use in space to help protect spacecraft and crew

Magna Parva has been awarded a contract by the European Space Agency to develop novel materials for use in space to help protect spacecraft and its crew. The project will develop laminated materials, which provide more protection per kilogram than current options.

Micrometeoroids and orbiting debris (MMOD) travel at orbital velocities of 8km/s, and a small fraction of this MMOD is large enough to cause potentially catastrophic damage. The second motive behind the development of the 'Low Cost Hybrid Materials' is radiation, which increases beyond the protection of the Earth's magnetosphere.

Magna Parva will be supported by the expertise from a number of high technology companies and universities from across the UK. Director Andy Bowyer said: "This provides an exciting step for the company into a new business area. The materials we develop in this contract will be particularly useful in deep space missions such as those planned for the Orion capsule."

Magna Parva is supported by their subcontractors Fluid Gravity, TISICS, RadMod and Kallisto.

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