Talking Composites

Composites manufacturing is the combination of two or more distinct, complementary components to produce structural properties that are stronger but weigh less than their metals counterparts.

You may already be familiar with composite materials used today in high-performance products such as fishing rods, storage tanks, boat hulls, bicycle frames, racing car bodies, and airplanes—notably Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, an airplane that’s made mostly of composites. It’s no surprise that carbon composite is an essential material used in most new launch vehicles and spacecraft.

The technical staff members here at RCBI work closely with manufacturers to identify lightweight composites solutions that offer both increased strength and payload options for NASA missions as well as for commercial uses mentioned above. These solutions involve industry repair, prototyping or production of aeronautics and astronautics vehicles or components.