Protecting satellite electronics with reinforced carbon nanotube films
Nanotechnology will play an important role in future space missions. Nanosensors, dramatically improved high-performance materials, or highly efficient propulsion systems are but a few examples.
One particularly important issue is the protection of satellites from electrostatic discharge (ESD). In space, the external insulating surfaces accumulate electrostatic charge as a result of exposure to space plasma, including high flux of charged particles especially at geosynchronous earth orbit (GEO). If that charge accumulation suddenly discharges it may damage the electronics of the spacecraft. (read more: in "NanoWerk")