SSC Developing Multiple Uses for Airbeam Technology

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Inflatable structures, also called airbeams, have swelled into a variety of products from tents on the ground to antennas in outer space, and a team of engineers at the Center of Excellence for Inflatable Composite Structures headquartered at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Center's Collective (SSC-Natick) Protection Directorate form the backbone of research into the technology. It is now finding uses in the Army, Air Force, Navy, and even outer space, shrinking the logistics tail and vastly reducing the weight of deployed structures....

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