JAXA turns from gold to metal mesh for deployable reflectors

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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has developed a metal mesh for onboard deployable reflectors in space, replacing the need for using precious and rare metal. It was jointly developed by JAXA along with the companies Taiyo Wire Cloth, NGK Insulators, Technosolver and Koyo Materica, and achieves a dramatic cut in costs. The agency writes: …

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