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Nanotechnology

The Nanotechnology project utilizes a combination of nanomaterials and nanomanufacturing to develop ultra-lightweight materials and structures for use in the aerospace industry. Replacing conventional composites on a launch vehicle with nanomaterials could potentially enable a 30% reduction in the vehicle’s weight. Areas of focus for FY14 include continued development of carbon nanotube composites (processing and testing), Boronitride Nanotube (BNNT) spun fibers, nanosensors, as well as planning for a component flight demonstration test of a Composite Overwrap Pressure Vessel (COPV).