Technical Fibre Products Ltd today announced that their nonwovens are present on the recently launched European Space Agency (ESA) satellite GAIA.
Technical Fibre Products (TFP) has supplied the material through RUAG Space GmbH, a leading provider of thermal insulation to the space industry. TFP’s nonwoven can be found in the satellites solar shield, as a constituent in the multi-layer insulation that is primarily used in thermal management.
The satellite, GAIA, was successfully launched in December 2013 and has now entered its operational orbit where it aims to make the largest, most precise three-dimensional map of our Galaxy by surveying an unprecedented 1% of its population of 100 billion stars.
The material used on GAIA is just one of a broad range of nonwovens developed and manufactured by TFP. This range encompasses carbon, aramid, glass, thermoplastic and metal coated nonwovens as well as those made from more speciality fibres such as quartz, silicon carbide and pure metals. This diversity of fibre type and associated properties enables TFP’s nonwovens to be used in a wide variety of applications. These include; delivering a high quality & functional surface finish in composites, providing high temperature thermal insulation & passive fire protection, as well as offering solutions for cryogenic storage & power generation.
To find out more about TFP’s extensive portfolio of materials and their capability visit www.tfpglobal.com.
Image: ESA–D. Ducros