NASA Self-Healing Material Can Repair Bullet Holes
Space and military technology just got creepy this week, with an announcement that NASA Langley’s Advanced Materials and Processing Branch has now created a type of self-healing material that can autonomously repair itself. When tri-layered materials are punctured, a type of ‘ thiol–ene–trialkylborane’ resin polymer is released upon atmospheric oxygen exposure. The ballistics tests carried out by Langley reveal that while similar methods of self-healing materials have been implemented in the past, this new material reacts and responds much more rapidly to surface breach trauma. This specific type of resin was selected due to its reaction to compounds reliably present in human-occupied environments. The time to heal during this process amounts to less than a second.
Self-Healing Material: Dystopia or Utopia?
Combined with the future of artificial intelligence research, could this self-healing material be the next step toward a dystopian future ruled by robot overlords?
Or, should we set aside our fears from science-fiction to look forward to the future of human space exploration, such as use of this material for safety in atmospherically-controlled environments on Mars?
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