Structural Velcro For Space Applications
Project Title:Structural Velcro For Space Applications
Waltham, MA 02254
Principal Investigator:Marinaccio, Paul J.
Foster-Miller, Inc. has developed a new structeral closure technology thatis potentially
very attractive for sapce applications. This technology is based o the "Velcro"
concept of a "tough and close" easily made closure composed of many smallelements
that engage or hook. However, unlike regular Velcro, tensile forces as high as 100
psi with slight pressure engagement have been obtained. The attachments can be produced
from a wide variety of materials including engineering plastics and refractory metals.
The rugged structural nature of these attachments coupled with their ease of assembly
and disassembly make them candidates for many space related applications. These
may include attachments for space station meteor bumpers, replacement solar panels,
module shelving, structural struts, utility lines, pipe lines, fuel lines, instrumentation
and auxiliary subsystem devices. The development is in an early stage and has not
yet been applied to space application. The work proposed here for Phase I will develop
the structural attachment designs and construct prototypes to demonstrate the usefulness
of the technology in space structures.