Sunday, February 05, 2006

ESA Developing Self-Healing Spacecraft Skin

Space is a harsh environment. Extreme temperatures, micrometeroid impacts, and other nastiness can weaken and damage spacecraft and satellites over the course of a mission.
So the ESA is developing a type of self-repairing skin that would be able to recover from some of the damage done to spacecraft, without needing to dock or land.

This isn't exactly a new concept. Self-sealing tires and fuel-tanks have been around for a while. However, the folks at the European Space Research and Technology Centre(ESTEC) are attemping to somewhat replicate the human healing process and repair small bits of damage to before they become larger problems.

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