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HE SPACE INDUSTRY WAS
ESTIMATED BY U.K.-BASED
INVESTMENT FIRM SERAPHIM
CAPITAL TO BE WORTH A RECORD $385
BILLION GLOBALLY IN 2020. IN ADDITION
TO NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL
SPACE AGENCIES, PUBLIC-PRIVATE
AND FULLY COMMERCIAL INTERESTS
ARE ATTRACTING RECORD LEVELS OF
FUNDING BECAUSE OF THE MARKET'S
ACCELERATING GROWTH.
" Total venture capital investment in the
[commercial space ventures] field increased by 95
percent to $8.7 billion in the 12 months to the end of
March, " according to the Seraphim SpaceTech index.
Smaller and less expensive satellites, Elon Musk's
SpaceX and governments that are both customers
and sources of research are attracting to the market
not just billionaire entrepreneurs with deep pockets
but small-to-medium sized businesses and startups.
This offers a potential ripple effect, as " spill-overs
to other areas of business will create a completely new
value chain that will enable other new applications,
for instance, in autonomous driving, " according
to Christoph Mester, space expert with Germany
Trade & Invest, the German government's economic
development agency.
Advanced textiles are an important part of this.
With the cost of putting a pound of payload into the
Earth's orbit estimated to be $10,000 to $20,000, it's all
about the ability to do the job well-and economically.
INFLATABLE, TRANSPORTABLE
Daniel Klopp, director of marketing and business
development for ILC Dover's space systems division,
says that the next generation of space stations will be
made of fabric. The Newark, Del.-based company
provides flexible containment solutions to a range
of industries and is especially known for making
spacesuits for NASA.
" Fabric structures just have so many advantages
and virtually no disadvantages, " Klopp says.
For example, a compact fabric structure can be sent
into space in a single launch, as opposed to a metal
equivalent that could take as many as nine launches.
" We think of them as giant EVA [extravehicular
activity] spacesuits that multiple people can fit
inside, " Klopp says. " It has to do everything that
the spacesuit does: it has to provide radiation and
thermal protection, air pressure, oxygen. "
ILC Dover's habitats incorporate a layer of Vectran™
webbing made to the company's specifications,
measuring about 4 inches wide, that acts as a restraint
layer. To manufacture the inflatable habitat, ILC Dover
uses specially customized sewing machines to produce
the required scale and strength.

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