Two thermal insulation systems developed at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) may have applications for future exploration programs and the commercial world. Layered composite insulation (LCI), and the foam-aerogel composite material known as AeroFoam, are patented technologies. Recently, exclusive research licenses for these technologies were granted to Flexure LLC, which sees numerous applications and industry cross - overs, particularly in transportation and construction.
Both technologies could be tailored for a wide range of different applications, including cryogenic piping and tanks, building construction, superconducting power cables, hydrogen cars, and space exploration habitats. The licensee may investigate a combination of the AeroFoam and the LCI in a soft vacuum for aerospace and military commercial applications, and in the food storage and transportation industries.
There is still a significant amount of research required to commercialize these technologies. The first commercial use is scheduled for this year, as several corporations have shown significant interest.
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