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Electrically Activated Shape Memory Composite Deployable Boom, Phase I

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CRG proposes to advance the solar sail boom system with a bi-stable, deployable, composite boom which implements a composite electrically activated shape memory polymer (EASMP) to transition the matrix with characteristics representing an elastomer, for storage and deployment, into a thermoset creating a rigid boom. This bi-stable solution will allow for a lightweight, reliable, and controlled solution of deployment while consuming less power upon deployment compared to current metal booms. This technology will not be limited by mission; it is scalable for larger solar sails in future missions and missions with similar applications such as the Lunar Flashlight. More »

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