ESA approves Windform RS and Windform LX 3.0 for space flight
Making CRP Technology's materials officially suitable for the construction of applications to launch into space
CRP Technology’s carbon fiber-reinforced composite Windform RS and Glass fiber-reinforced composite Windform LX 3.0 have recently passed the European Space Agency’s standard screening outgassing tests in accordance with ESA-TEC-PR-002015 (based on ECSS-Q-ST-70-02C) – making the materials officially suitable for the construction of applications to launch into space.
The test was conducted in the μVCM facility of the TEC-QEE laboratory at ESA’s ESTEC facility in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.
“Passing the outgassing tests is a crucial factor for those who supply materials to the space industry. The majority of Windform TOP-LINE composites are already approved for space applications, and now that two more Windform are officially compliant with ESA outgassing requirements, we are more competitive and ready to offer further added value to our most demanding customers,” said Franco Cevolini, CEO and Technical Director of CRP Technology.
The results report that “the ESA standard outgassing tests can be considered passed for Windform RS and Windform LX 3.0 samples and they respond to the general outgassing criteria based upon the micro-VCM test (as defined by ECSS-Q-ST-70-02C).”