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CTD Booms Fly on NASA rocket 35.039 (VISIONS-2)

February 7, 2019

On December 7, 2018, CTD’s Compact Electric Field Instrument (CEFI), flew on the NASA VISION-2 rocket  from Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, in Norway. While not originally intended as flight hardware, two opposing CTD booms and deployers were launched to collect wave measurements associated with the cusp aurora which is useful for space weather analysis relative to the magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling. Measurements were captured along the entire trajectory, with an apogee of 805 km. The booms deployed to a length of approximately 2.5m (~5m tip-to-tip). This exciting effort resulted from a NASA effort to mature the CEFI design to a flight-ready system, including missionizing the booms to include wiring, metalization, and sensors on the tips. This effort was lead by CTD’s Aerospace Lead, Alexi Rakow, Ph.D., supported by the CTD Space Deployables Team.

CTD Awarded Patent for Multiple Boom Deployment

December 25, 2018

CTD’s was awarded another patent for continued innovation in the area of high stowage efficiency systems for satellites, specifically in the area of multiple boom deployments. US Patent 10160555, Multiple Boom Deployment, enables multiple booms to be efficiently stowed and deployed for various satellite missions requiring the deployment of orthogonal instruments and sensors. This highly efficient and novel stowage method enables for payload volume for other spacecraft systems, as well as lower enabling a smaller satellite footprint which is especially important for satellite constellations as smaller satellites results in lower acquisition and launch cost. This technology is already in use and available in the form of CTD’s Quad- and Dual-Boom Deployers.

CTD receives SBIR Phase II Contract for High Production Rate Nanocomposite Film Capacitors

November 8, 2018

Composite Technology Development, Inc. of Lafayette, Colorado, was awarded a contract modification against a previously issued Department of the Navy Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) (N68335-19-C-0178). This Phase II SBIR, with potential value of $1 million, awarded by the Office of Naval Research – Naval Air Warfare Center will continue the development and commercialization of a variety of scalable, high-performance engineering polymers as high-temperature dielectric materials in capacitors to address challenges associated with generating strong magnetic fields in high temperature-applications, such as the electromagnetic railgun. It is expected to be completed by November 2020.

CTD receives SBIR Phase I Contract option for High Production Rate Nanocomposite Film Capacitors

July 10, 2018

Composite Technology Development, Inc. of Lafayette, Colorado, was awarded a contract modification against a previously issued Department of the Navy Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) (N68335-18-C-0031, CLINs 0004-0006). This increases the total of the Phase I contract award from $124,950 to $224,873. This SBIR will assist in the development of a variety of scalable, high-performance engineering polymers as high-temperature dielectric materials in capacitors to address challenges associated with generating strong magnetic fields in high temperature-applications, such as the electromagnetic railgun.

Success for Europe’s ITER Toroidal Field coil cold tests

April 25, 2018

CTD is the proud supplier of the cryogenic, radiation-resistant resin (CTD-435) that insulates the Toroidal Field Coils, the largest superconducting magnets ever built!

Success for Europe’s ITER Toroidal Field coil cold tests

James Smith named CEO of Composite Technology Development

January 29, 2018

CTD is very proud to welcome James Smith as our new CEO. Jim has diverse and proven global leadership experience in business & commercial management, manufacturing and supply chain logistics, as well as extensive knowledge in silane & silicone chemistry and processing.

As COO of NuSil Technology, Jim oversaw all manufacturing, R&D and supply chain operations of this global supplier of ultra-high-purity materials for medical and aerospace market applications. Prior to joining NuSil in 2013, Jim spent 25 years at Dow Corning in various executive roles, including Vice President of Specialty Chemicals Business, Vice President of Manufacturing and Business Management, Midland Site Manager and Executive Director of Global Logistics.

Jim spent several years in Asia, specifically Shanghai, where he oversaw the China division of Dow Corning’s specialty chemicals business. During his tenure in Asia, Jim led Dow Corning’s acquisition of Nippon Unicar, a strategic expansion for the company in specialty silicones and organo-functional silanes for the Asia/Pacific market.


CTD ships 101 gallon KIBOKO® Linerless, All Composite Tank to NASA-Kennedy Space Center

September 8, 2016

As part of a NASA-KSC composite tank health monitoring program, CTD designed, analyzed, and fabricated a 101 gallon KIBOKO® linerless, all composite tank qualified for cryogenic use. CTD’s largest composite tank made to date enables NASA to non-destructively test and inspect tanks prior to or after use. Pictured above is CTD’s composite tank team.


CTD commissions new McClean Anderson filament winder for KIBOKO® Linerless Composite Tank manufacturing

February 10th, 2016

CTD has installed a new McClean Anderson 4-axis filament winding machine in its Lafayette, CO facility. The purchase of the winder was enabled by an Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) to increase manufacturing capabilities for Type V linerless all-composite KIBOKO® pressure vessels.


CTD President Naseem Munshi visits Virgin Galactic

February 10th, 2016

Naseem Munshi, President of CTD (right), recently traveled to San Antonio, TX to attend an event hosted by Virgin Galactic. Dr. Munshi is pictured above with George Whitesides (left), CEO of Virgin Galactic and Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson (center).

Hole in one: Technicians smoothly install the center stack in the NSTX-U vacuum vessel

By John Greenwald
November 10, 2014

With near-surgical precision, PPPL technicians hoisted the 29,000-pound center stack for the National Spherical Torus Experiment-Upgrade (NSTX-U) over a 20-foot wall and lowered it into the vacuum vessel of the fusion facility. The smooth operation on Oct. 24 capped more than two years of construction of the center stack, which houses the bundle of magnetic coils that form the heart of the $94 million upgrade.

“This was really a watershed moment,” said Mike Williams, the head of engineering and infrastructure at PPPL and associate director of the Laboratory. “The critical path [or key sequence of steps for the upgrade] was fabrication of the magnets, and that has now been done.”

The lift team conducted the final steps largely in silence, attaching the bundled coils in their casing to an overhead crane and guiding the 21 foot-long center stack into place. The clearances were tiny: The bottom of the casing passed just inches over the shielding wall and the top of the vacuum vessel. Inserting the center stack into the vessel was like threading a needle, since the clearance at the opening…

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Lord Partners with CTD On Fusion Energy Initiatives

April 22, 2014

LORD Corporation – a leading supplier of thermal management materials, adhesives, coatings and encapsulants – has formed a strategic collaboration with Composite Technology Development, Inc. (CTD) for the supply of an electrical insulation material, CTD-435, to be used for the ITER Toroidal Field (TF) coils. 

The role of LORD in this global scientific project that seeks to demonstrate the potential of producing commercial energy from fusion is to supply the electrical insulation for the 18 TF coils. CTD pioneered the development of cyanate ester resins for radiation resistant electrical insulation used in plasma confinement magnets. These insulations withstand radiation doses up to ten times higher than traditionally used epoxy resins. CTD was able to qualify their insulation material, CTD-435, with ITER, for use in the coils which will be used to confine the plasma in the reactor. LORD is licensed to manufacture and sell CTD-435 globally to meet the demands of the ITER project.

According to Naseem Munshi, Ph.D., President of CTD, the ITER TF Coils will be among the largest superconducting magnets ever fabricated. Further, they will be exposed to high levels of radiation resulting from the fusion reactions occurring within the ITER device.

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For more information on CTD’s electrical insulation materials, please visit CTD’s Electrical Insulation product page

Marine Corps Buys PAMTM Expedition Solar Arrays

July 30, 2014

ADS, Inc. announced today that it has won the contract to supply the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) advanced integrated solar panel case assembly (AISPCA). ADS, Inc. will use the PAM™ Expedition Solar Arrays (GSA Advantage: Portable Array Module) manufactured by Nishati, Inc. to meet the AISPCA requirements. PAM™ Expedition is a ruggedized, lightweight solar array that packages into a small volume and deploys in minutes. PAM™ Expedition provides practical solar energy for expeditionary and remote power.

Nishati has a worldwide, exclusive license for PAM™ Expedition from Composite Technology Development, Inc. (CTD). CTD developed PAM™ Expedition using Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funds provided by the United States Navy Office of Naval Research (ONR). 

“The PAM™ Expedition Array represents the most significant advancement in expeditionary energy in the past 30 years” said Jayson Southworth, ADS Business Development Manager, for Combat Support Equipment. The AISPCA award to Atlantic Diving Supply, Inc. (ADS) is a five (5)-year Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA). 

The full press release can be found here: CTD/Nishati Win AISPCA

The Markets: Pressure Vessels (2014)

January 1, 2014

The global shift to use of vehicles powered by fuels other than gasoline, like natural gas and hydrogen, has spurred substantial growth in the manufacture of pressure vessels. 

An all-composite, linerless Type V tank has been the pressure vessel industry’s holy grail for years. Recently, one company, Composite Technology Development Inc. (CTD, Lafayette, Colo.), successfully designed, tested and built such a tank for argon gas storage on the FASTRAC 1 (Formation Autonomy Spacecraft with Thrust, Relnav, Attitude and Crosslink) satellite. The 1.9L tank, at 6 inches (152 mm) in diameter and 7 to 8 inches (178 to 203 mm) in length, weighed only 0.44 lb (0.2 kg). It was filament-wound with T700 carbon fiber supplied by Toray Carbon Fibers America Inc. (Flower Mound, Texas) wet out with CTD’s proprietary KIBOKO toughened epoxy resin. It had an operational pressure of 200 psi, a proof pressure of 1,000 psi, and a burst pressure between 2,000 and 2,500 psi.

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