News

 

CTD�s TEMBO Elastic Memory Composites (EMC) applications in prosthetics and sporting goods highlighted in Missile Defense Agency publication �TechUpdate�
    September 1, 2009

CTD Heater Cable Technology for Oil Shale Recovery featured in Technology Review article
    April 8, 2009

CTD Heater Cable Technology for Oil Shale Recovery featured in Colorado Energy News article
    April 1, 2009

CTD TEMBO� Reflector Technology featured in Space News article
    April 1, 2009

CTD Successfully Demonstrates the Application of a Ceramic-Composite Insulated Heater Cable for Oil Shale Recovery
    March 31, 2009

TEMBO� Reflectors provide Higher Frequency and Larger Aperture Satellite Capabilities
    January 30, 2008

CTD Named to Boulder Daily Camera Top 25 list of Women Owned Businesses
    in Boulder County, Colorado.
    November 15, 2007

CTD article on Elastic Memory Composite Stiffeners for a Flexible Precision Reflector featured in Composites in
    Manufacturing 2nd Quarter 2007 online journal.
    November 15th, 2007

Composite Technology Development, Inc. President Naseem Munshi Named Ernst &
    Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2007 for the Technology Sector
    Lafayette, Colorado, June 21, 2007

Astronaut Sunita Williams successfully completed all test protocols intended
     for the Elastic Memory Composite Hinge (EMCH) experiment.
    Lafayette, Colorado, May 26, 2007
Today, aboard the International Space Station (ISS), Astronaut Sunita Williams successfully completed all test protocols intended for the Elastic Memory Composite Hinge (EMCH) experiment. Sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the EMCH test campaign demonstrated the robustness and reliability of the TEMBO® EMC hinge in the zero-gravity environment of space. This test campaign consisted of both nominal and off-nominal conditions, with the final series of tests presenting the most challenging conditions for on-orbit TEMBO® hinges. The successful completion of these tests indicate that CTD's TEMBO® hinges meet the designed performance goals of a next-generation spaceflight-qualified actuator. Additionally, the science gained from this experiment confirms engineering assumptions used to design the TEMBO® EMC hinges, as well as other TEMBO® EMC deployable structures that are being developed for space applications. EMCH will return to earth aboard a future shuttle allowing the Air Force and CTD to perform post-flight evaluation of the experimental hardware.
Astronaut Sunita Williams Operating EMCH aboard the ISS


EMCH Flight Hardware


TEMBO® EMC Hinge
EMCH was launched aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery on December 9, 2006, Followed shortly by the first on-orbit deployment of a CTD TEMBO® EMC hinge, when on December 16, 2006, two TEMBO® hinges deployed a solar array on the AFRL's TacSat 2 satellite. This heritage of space performance will ensure future mission managers that TEMBO® composites are ready to fly.

The TEMBO® hinge has been designed as a low-cost, highly reliable alternative to mechanical hinge mechanisms. Several characteristics of this hinge make it a favorable alternative to the higher mass, higher cost, and more complex mechanical hinges. Thus, TEMBO® hinges are being pursued for multiple space deployable applications, ranging from the deployment of rigid panel solar arrays, to the deployment of segmented high-precision NASA optical reflectors. In addition, TEMBO® composites are being used by CTD in the RAPDAR, Roll-out and Passively Deployed Array, a lightweight, space qualified, deployable solar array uses thin film photovoltaic technology along with TEMBO® materials to provide more satellite power with less mass and at a lower cost than other solar arrays. CTD is also using TEMBO® materials to develop large aperture, high frequency reflectors, that provide more bandwidth at a lower cost than current reflector designs.

CTD would like to express our thanks to AFRL, the Air Force Space Test Program (STP) and NASA, and most particularly to Astronaut Sunita Williams - who did all the hard stuff and made it look easy. Upon completing her tasks on EMCH, Astronaut Williams said, "This stuff is awesome. You guys (the EMCH team) are leading the way for the next generation of aircraft and spacecraft. Thanks for your efforts."

First operational space mission for Elastic Memory Composite Hinge
    Second flight for CTD in less than two weeks
    Lafayette, Colorado, December 16, 2006

Elastic Memory Composite Hinge In Orbit Aboard Discovery
    December 9, 2006

AFRL Delivers Linerless Composite Tanks For Nanosat-3 (PDF Download)
    December 7, 2006

Elastic Memory Composite Hinge Launch Scheduled for December 7th,2006
    November 29th, 2006

Elastic Memory Composite Hinge to be on International Space Station
    October 10th, 2006

CTD's DOE Phase II SBIR from the U.S. Department of Energy for High Energy Physics
    was reported in the August 7 issue of Superconductor Week.
    August 18th, 2006

Linerless Composite Pressure Vessel Qualified for Flight
    August 1st, 2006

Boulder Daily Camera Highlights CTD
    May 22nd, 2006

Seven CTD Papers debut at SDM Conference
    May 3rd, 2006

 

 

 


 

COMPOSITE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT, INC.
2600 Campus Drive, Suite D | Lafayette, CO 80026| Phone: 303-664-0394 | Fax: 303-664-0392