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    Specialised Technologies, Including Nanotechnology


    Specialised material and structures technologies are explored in a large variety of space applications both to enable advanced exploration, and science/observation mission scenarios to perform test verifications relying on utmost miniaturisation of devices and highest capabilities in structural, thermal, electrical, electromechanical/ optical performances offered by the progress in nanotechnology. Examples are the exceptional performances at nano-scale in strength, electrical, thermal conduction of Carbon nanotubes which are experiencing first applications at macro-scale such as nano-composite structures, high efficiency energy storage wheels, MEMS and MOEMS devices. Molecular nanotechnology and advances in manipulation at nano-scale offer the road to molecular machines, ultracompact sensors for science applications and mass storage devices. The Session encourages presentations of specialised technologies, in particular of nanomaterial related techniques and their application in devices offering unprecedented performances for space applications.

    IPC members
    • Co-Chair: Prof. Mario Marchetti, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy;

    • Co-Chair: Prof. Pierre Rochus, CSL (Centre Spatial de Liège), Belgium;

    • Rapporteur: Dr. Bangcheng Ai, China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation, China;