Space spinoff for nanotechnology

The microgravity research can in future supply impulses for nano-technology research in the basic range. Results from microgravity research could contribute to a better understanding and a more accurate modelling of nanotechnological procedures. This applies particularly to the formation of nanoparticles in gaseous phase, in liquids and in plasmas as well as gravity dependent phenomena in nanophase systems (e.g. magnetofluids). A substantial prerequisite for the use of microgravity for...

Literature list

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Materials for space structures

A range of applications of nanomaterials lies in the construction of spacecrafts and space structures due their improved mechanical characteristics (higher firmness and stability and concurrently a lower density) compared with conventional materials. Nanomaterials could in particular contribute to the reduction of the lift-off masses of spacecrafts leading to substantial cost savings and also ensure safer and more flexible space missions. In the context of space structures, different material...

Patent analysis

Besides scientific publications about space-relevant nanotechnology developments also patent applications were of interest within the ANTARES study. Patent specifications contain first indications of the state of the art changing developments, of nascent markets as well as of changes in the competition. Interesting in this context is in particular the temporal development of patent publications, from which early indications of innovations and market changes can be derived. To be considered here...