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Perm scientists are testing a fabric that makes it possible to create structures in space

The scientists at Perm State University (PSU) have begun testing self-extracting shells for large-sized structures that solidify in space. This is about a special fabric that would make it possible to easily and quickly create compartments in outer space, the press service of the university informed on Wednesday.
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«During space research, stations need compartments for laboratory units, storage of various things, collection of space debris, etc. If these structures do not fit into the flying vehicle itself, they are usually delivered by separate blocks that, after being put into orbit, dock with the ISS. However, carrier rockets have certain restrictions on load-carrying capacity, and their cargo compartments are strictly limited in volume. The new approach proposed by the scientists from Perm University involves the use of inflatable or pneumatic structures that are unpacked right in space where they then solidify,» the press service explained.

The shell is based on a prepreg fabric made of carbon fiber which is impregnated with epoxy polymers, as it was explained at the university. The fabric hardens in open space and turns into a stable rigid structure. Now the developers are solving the problem of testing the technology of solidifying the structure in space.

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