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 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
NASA Artemis 1 Marshall Space Flight Center NEA Scout Alpha Centauri asteroid

Solar sail craft ready for space mission

While it is not quite a space yacht sailing to Alpha Centauri at 134 million miles per hour, NASA's Near-Earth Asteroid Scout will be the first spacecraft to sail on solar winds to a destination... — Updated 7/20/2021 Full story

 
nitinol nickel-titanium alloy Mars rover NASA aerospace memory metal

Shape memory metal gets new job on Mars

Two metals, nickel and titanium, come together in a unique alloy that is gaining popularity in new applications, including in outer space. Known as "nitinol," this high-demand metal is prized for... — Updated 4/1/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
NASA beryllium aluminum alloys critical minerals James Webb Space Telescope

Critical minerals forge strong alliance

As two of the 35 minerals and metals considered to be critical to the economic and national security of the United States, beryllium and aluminum are fundamental to many sectors for their natural... — Updated 2/2/2021 Full story

 
Graphene could make light sail spacecraft imagined by Carl Sagan a reality

Sailing to Alpha Centauri with graphene

From coronavirus killing facemasks, to ultra-fast charging superbatteries and high-performance headphones with "stunning" sound quality, graphene has emerged as a miracle material with qualities... — Updated 11/3/2020 Full story

 
Rhenium platinum aluminum superalloys jet turbine blades

Pebble adds rhenium to world-class titles

While the recent call from conservationists and sportsmen for the Trump administration to block permits has cast a shadow of doubt on the development of a mine at Pebble, there is no denying the... — Updated 9/9/2020 Full story

 
titanium vanadium alloys aerospace redox renewable energy grid batteries

U.S. Vanadium calls for government help

U.S. Vanadium Holding Company LLC, an Arkansas-based producer of high-purity vanadium pentoxide, is urging the United States government to take steps to bolster domestic production of vanadium.... — Updated 9/9/2020 Full story

 

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