Curing technology of composite materials directly in space environment can be
used for creation of large space structures in Earth orbit, on Moon, on Mars and other celestial
bodies in future. The curing will be occurred under free space conditions such as high
vacuum, temperature variations, cosmic radiation, microgravity and others. The space factors
can significantly influence on the curing process and final properties of the composite.
A space experiment on curing of the composite is complicate. At first stage, a laboratory
experiment, computer modelling and stratospheric flight experiments are used for
investigation of curing process. The results show a possibility of the curing and first prepreg
of the composite was cured in stratosphere.
Keywords: composite materials; curing technology; computer and stratospheric flight simulation.
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