The Materials Used in Satellites and Rockets: From Silicon to Polyester
A satellite is essentially a space vehicle that revolves around the Earth in orbit or tracks any other planet in its solar system. Satellites are usually large, complicated pieces of machinery with many different parts and functions. They are made up of three main components: structure, thermal control, and power supply. The materials used to make these satellites vary depending on what part they serve within the machine itself. There are several different types of materials used for each component, but some stand out more than others because they have been proven to be highly effective at their job time after time again. So, let’s take a look at what makes up this satellite called “space.”
Materials used to make spaceships
Satellites and rockets are some of the most complex structures that we have ever created. They consist of a huge range of different materials, including metals such as aluminum and titanium, various alloys, plastics like polyester and epoxy resin, glass fibers for strength in composite materials, rubber insulation around electrical wiring, paints to protect from corrosion or provide color; not to mention all kinds of chemicals used as the fuel propellant. All these components must be combined with extreme precision and care if they will work together correctly.
The materials used in satellites and rockets are exciting, especially considering where they will be placed. However, different materials are needed for different purposes depending on what needs to be done. For example, there is a difference between building something that is meant to stay in space for decades at a time versus something that only needs to survive the launch into space.
What materials can survive in space?
Satellites and rockets both require materials that can withstand immense amounts of pressure and heat. The materials used in constructing these machines are what separates them from your typical spacecraft, as they often have to travel into areas where we do not typically send humans, such as deep space or the surface of a planet. I will go over some common materials used in satellites and rockets and those that are being researched for future development.
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Satellites and rockets are used for a wide range of purposes, from communication to national defense. Therefore, the materials in these devices need to be carefully selected to ensure their proper use. In addition, today’s society is highly dependent on satellites and rockets, making it important that the materials used are strong enough for the task at hand and environmentally friendly. We will explore some of the most common materials found in each device type and some of their properties. For example, silicon can be easily obtained while having many useful properties such as being transparent and resistant to heat; however, it is not very good at conducting electricity or holding a charge, so other components must be added.
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