The Right Stuff for Today’s Most Advanced Satellites


DuPont’s lightweight, flexible materials are remaking the cardiovascular system of satellites, putting global broadband within reach.

On an overcast day in late March, a 55-foot Electron rocket sat on a launchpad high above the crashing surf of New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula. The rocket, built by American aerospace manufacturer Rocket Lab, held a single experimental satellite called R3D2 that had been commissioned by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA. The precious payload would help the agency test high-speed communications technology that could help pave the way for space-based internet connectivity. In the civilian world, technology like this could prove integral to building 5G networks on the ground and delivering satellite broadband to populations around the globe.

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