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Materials developed for space have been used in the Nuna solar car
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- Title Materials developed for space have been used in the Nuna solar car
- Released 02/05/2002 11:45 am
- Copyright ESA - P. Nielsen
A Nuna car full-scale model on display drew much attention at K2001, the world's biggest trade fair for plastics and rubber, October/November 2001. The Dutch Alpha Centuri Team used many materials originating from space in constructing one of the most efficient solar vehicles ever build. This high-tech racer Nuna uses lightweight materials such as carbon fibres, synthetic resin and foam plastics in around one third of the total car. The aerodynamics and the technology used to join plastics were first used for space vehicles re-entering the Earth's atmosphere. High performance solar cells will push the car up to 160 km/h in the 3010 kilometre solar-race through Australia starting 18 November 2001.