Aerogel can provide both thermal and acoustic insulation (among other properties), while enabling increasing of payload and reducing cost.
Aerogel, as a wide family of products, can be tailorable in order to be applied to specific space missions.
Aerogel’s applications include thermal, acoustic, structural and radiation insulation of spacecraft and space mission
design. Aerogel may integrate different solutions and applications to many of the areas of space exploration in a single
Range of properties of Aerogel
Competitive insulation space material
Aerogel is a competitive material comparing to other current space insulation materials.
Competitor materials. The nanoporous structure renders aerogel properties such as low
density and high thermal insulation, making it extremely competitive for space applications.
Potential aerogel applications
Potential uses for aerogel products are thermal and structural insulation, protection coatings for solar panels and thermal
blankets, semi-flexible coatings for cables and ribbon Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs), collection of space debris, reinforced
composites for re-entry or low pressure atmospheres devices, radiation shielding, among others.
When comparing to other
insulation products, aerogels demonstrate interesting insulation properties across a wide range of pressure values.
Thermal performance. Plot of thermal conductivity against pressure for aerogel, MLI, and CO2
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