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Green composites, small sats and sustainable product life cycles

ARSY's materials R&D has leveraged natural products experience in key areas of structures and coatings producing a proprietary green composite that is renewable with unique properties increasing strength.



Dr. P. Rai Menges, ARSY Director of Engineering, began the new product development investigating new sources for green materials. The new composite can be cast, pressed, extruded and cured composites can be machined. The new composite can be coated with a variety of spray coatings and thin film deposition supporting sensor and detector applications.

The new composite has proven resistance to cracking and delamination and is a potential game changer in the area of space technology and disposable vehicles. The composite's natural damping properties make it an ideal candidate for small satellites like cube sats. Further, its material characteristics guarantee that it will burn up in the upper atmosphere on reentry. Other applications of this composite include lightweighting and disposable vehicles.


ARSY developed functional structures include mechanical, electro-mechanical, memory material, and Artificial Neural Membrane (ANM) controls. ARSY's adaptive composite structures (BELOW) offer unique ability to deploy based on operation and mission.


 

Renewable wireless communications, edge computing, telemetry, lighting and drone hangers in a Carbon Zero™ package

ARSY's experience in renewable energy and systems engineering is well recognized. As part of our continuing relationship with the Star Sailor Group, ARSY is offering the Star Sailor T-Com™ Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Platform. The hybrid platform is gaining popularity in wireless communications, IoT, virtual security and deployable networks. The newest application is as a drone charging platform. The new T-Com™ 2 units can be ordered in 500-W to 1.2-kW and in arrays for building, tower and garden and farm installation. Star Sailor Built Environment Safe Wind Turbines (BEWT) can be purchased with microwave permeable enclosures, cameras and commercial lighting packages.


 

Spaceport design

The ARSY-Star Sailor Spaceport terminal building as seen from the air in an artists rendering. The self-powered terminal building creates a self-contained environment for passenger support services, operations engineering and administrative offices. The multifunctional roof is an advanced aerodynamic design housing Star Sailor Energy wind turbines, solar PV and thermal energy systems, observation ports and collects rain water preventing run off. The modular structure can expand as required. The Personal Rapid Transit eV's can be seen in the background and utilize Star Sailor Power's motorless motion technology. The new approach to building integration, can be applied to nearly any commercial structure.


ABOVE: ARSY + Star Sailor spaceport terminal rendering. (Image by P. Michal)

Small sat design and integration

The expansion of the ARSY Advanced Vehicle Systems Laboratory (AVSL) includes new associates; Mr. Bill Saylor and Dr. James Casler. Both Bill and Jim are recognized for their experience and expertise in vehicle engineering and testing. They join Dr. Rai Menges, ARSY's AVSL Director. The continuing development of the AVSL and its test areas supports expansion of ARSY Systems Engineering Group and Engineering Operations.

ARSY announces modular construction products using additive manufacturing

ARSY is developing sustainable modular buildings for research, commercial and residential construction. The effort is utilizing more than a decade of experience in construction technology for exploration structures, spaceports and private lunar bases.

The new process and environment al design that merged in ARSY's new construction technology allows for a fast build of commercial and technical built structures and supports complete smart building integration. The modular approach also allows for expansion of buildings, integration of solar and wind energy and a new rapid approach to modular construction including high-wind resistance. Other features include self-contained power and waste management, ballistic resistance and mobility for research and exploration. The first prototypes will be completed later this year.


 
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