Carbon nanomaterials for human spaceflight applications


Pavel Nikolaev, pasha.nikolaev-1@nasa.gov1, Sivaram Arepalli1, Ed Sosa, edward.sosa-1@nasa.gov1, Olga Gorelik, olga.gorelik-1@nasa.gov1, William Holmes1, Padraig Moloney2, Ram Kumar Allada2, Michael Waid2, and Leonard Yowell2. (1) ERC Inc. / NASA JSC, Mail Stop JE62, P. O. Box 58561, Houston, TX 77258, (2) NASA JSC, Mail Stop ES-4, P. O. Box 58561, houston, TX 77258
Carbon nanomaterials have shown great promise due to their superior properties, including high surface area and porosity, thermal/electrical conductivity, mechanical strength and the availability of methods to created novel nanoscale structures. NASA is interested in using these materials in applications for manned spaceflight including advanced materials engineering for strength and electromagnetic interference protection, power systems (fuel cells and supercapacitors) and life support systems. Nanomaterials are being developed as a substitute for traditional materials achieve better performing spacecraft subsystems and realize weight, space and power consumption savings. This poster will describe recent advances at Johnson Space Center in this area.