Skin panel for X-30 being tested

Skin panel for X-30 being tested

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Caption: Aerospace materials: a composite skin panel being examined at the Textron plant, Massachusetts. The composite being used is a matrix of silicon carbide fibres in a tungsten alloy. This material will withstand temperatures of up to 850 Celsius, and has been designed for use on the X-30 National Aero Space Plane (NASP). Much of the X-30 would experience such temperatures during re-entry. Areas such as wing leading edges and intake lips would be subject to even higher temperatures, and so will be protected by carbon-carbon ceramic tiles.

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Keywords: aerospace, aerospace materials, aircraft, aviation, composite, composite material, silicon carbide fibre, skin panel, technology, transport, transportation, x-30 spaceplane

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