Turkish scientists carrying nanotechnology to space

July 13, 2010, Tuesday/ 11:32:00
Turkish engineers have developed nanotechnology material that provides 100 fold more resistance against high radiation in space than existing materials.

The new material will be utilized in satellites to be manufactured in Turkey. The new material is part of a space project co-sponsored by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) and Undersecretariat of Defense Industry (SSM).

The new generation nanotechnology material makes it possible for electronic circuits in satellites to be used for longer periods, thus bringing down costs enormously.

The new nanotechnology material will make it possible to manufacture satellites that are lighter in weight than their predecessors.

Experts want Turkey to be the first country in the world to use such nanotechnology material in space.

Thanks to the new nanotechnology material, satellites will be able to resist radiation much more strongly. Currently, satellites are protected against space radiation by aluminum plates.

The new nanotechnology material will make the manufacturing of satellites less costly and extend the life term of the satellites.

Turkey's Bilkent University and ASELSAN defense corporation have worked together to invent the new nanotechnology material under the project titled "TÜBİTAK 2007".

Nanotechnology, shortened to "nanotech", is the study of the controlling of matter on an atomic and molecular scale. Generally nanotechnology deals with structures sized between 1 to 100 nanometer in at least one dimension, and involves developing materials or devices within that size.

Nanotechnology is very diverse, ranging from extensions of conventional device physics to completely new approaches based upon molecular self-assembly, from developing new materials with dimensions on the nanoscale to investigationg whether we can directly control matter on the atomic scale.

There has been much debate on the future implications of nanotechnology. Nanotechnology has the potential to create many new materials and devices with a vast range of applications, such as in medicine, electronics, biomaterials and energy production. On the other hand, nanotechnology raises many of the same issues as with any introduction of new technology, including concerns about the toxicity and environmental impact of nanomaterials, and their potential effects on global economics, as well as speculation about various doomsday scenarios. These concerns have led to a debate among advocacy groups and governments on whether special regulation of nanotechnology is warranted.

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