CU AEROSPACE L.L.C.
The primary objective of CU Aerospace?s Phase I work will be to fabricate and test
aromatic thermosetting copolyesters (ATSP) composites for use as ablatives in next
generation spacecraft missions. The synthetic development of novel aromatic
thermosetting copolyesters was a major innovation in the field of polymer science.
Previous testing of their capabilities showed excellent performance as adhesives,
rigid foams, matrices for composites, and dielectrics for microelectronics. Only
recently has this material been considered as a viable ablative due to its high
temperature stability and excellent composite mechanical properties especially due
to the liquid crystalline nature of the polymer, which allows a matching of CTE
between fiber and matrix. Our team partner the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) will assist CU Aerospace (CUA) to perform basic research and
provide technical support to accelerate the transition of ATSP polymers into