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Weaving high-tech fabrics of the future
The Mars Pathfinder used lander airbags like these during missions in 1996 and 2003. The gear is made of layers of plain woven Vectran (liquid crystal polymer). Some of the layers have silicone coating for gas retention. The airbags were developed by ILC Dover and NASA.
Credit: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and ILC Dover
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