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ESA RESEARCH FINDS NEW ADHESIVE TO DEVELOP ULTRA-STABLE STRUCTURES FOR SPACE INSTRUMENTS

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015

European Space Agency (ESA)

 scientists have developed an ultra-stable adhesive for use in space missions and research equipment. The adhesive is silicone based and resistant to moisture and temperature. It allows construction of larger stable structures that are stable to within a few thousandths of a millimeter. To develop an ultra-stable adhesive, the ESA looked at products on the market and adapted ultimately an existing adhesive by adding ceramic fillers and customizing performance characteristics. The ESA commented on the potential of this adhesive: “Such stability will be essential for new classes of space mission, such as multi-satellite telescopes spaced hundreds of kilometers apart, which could combine their light to create images at a resolution equivalent to a single giant telescope, providing they maintain precise alignment.”

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