Lightweight one-piece tanks could be a boon for established and new space companies
Space Exploration Technologies Inc. isn't the only space-services company in Hawthorne, Calif., looking for ways to cut launch costs. Established in 1984, tiny Microcosm Inc. has found a way to make strong, lightweight tanks for space applications that it says can handle high pressure as well as the low temperatures needed to hold cryogenic propellants. That capability could come in handy as some new space entrepreneurs look to pressure-fed propulsion systems to loft their payloads. ...
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