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Date:03/28/2008
Title: American Technical Coatings Experiment Flies on Space Shuttle
Category: Spotlight

Description: American Technical Coatings, Inc. (ATC) was part of the Materials International Space Station Experiment (MISSE 6) aboard STS-123 that launched from Cape Kennedy on March 11, 2008.

ATC, Inc. is a small northeast Ohio business that provides innovative advanced materials manufactured in cost-efficient processes. They were selected to be part of the NASA team because of their competence in developing super-high temperature materials. ATC’s Hotblox products include a variety of structural ceramics, composites, thermal protection materials, armor and coatings that have unique performance characteristics and can be formed into complex shapes in efficient and economical processes.

MISSE 6 is a testbed for materials and coatings which will be attached to the outside of the International Space Station to evaluate the effects of atomic oxygen, direct sunlight, radiation and extremes of heat and cold. This experiment allows the development and testing of new materials to better withstand the rigors of space environments. Results will provide a better understanding of the durability of various materials when they are exposed to the space environment with applications in the design of future spacecraft.

ATC, Inc. is a member of the Ohio Aerospace Institute’s Small Business Network.


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