Graphene enters the stratosphere in tests that could provide insights into how graphene could be used for space and satellite technologies.
The Centre for Advanced Two-Dimensional Materials (CA2DM) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) has teamed up with US-based aerospace company Boreal Space to test the properties of graphene after it has been launched into the stratosphere. The results could provide insights into how graphene could be used for space and satellite technologies.
“Graphene’s usefulness on Earth has already been established in the last decade. It is now an opportune time to expand its prospects for use in space applications—an area touted as being the most challenging to modern technology—and shift the paradigm of materials science. Space is the final frontier for graphene research, and I believe this is the first time that graphene has entered the stratosphere,” said project leader Professor Antonio Castro Neto, Director of NUS CA2DM.
Pushing the limits for graphene research
Two-dimensional graphene has a unique combination of being extremely flexible, harder than diamond, and stronger than steel. While researchers recognise that it may have potential for space applications, its practical uses have yet to be established.
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Graphene enters the stratosphere