Aerospace: Lightweighting with Carbon Fiber

When Every Pound, Gram or Ounce Counts

The lightweight characteristics combined with high tensile strength give carbon fiber a clear advantage over its metal counterparts for many aerospace applications. Not only can carbon fiber save weight, cost and time, it can also be used to produce parts that are more flexible, resilient and corrosion resistant. Additional carbon fiber benefits, such as low thermal expansion, only further its case as an ideal alternative to metal parts.

As a result, carbon fiber parts and components are ideal for a wide variety of commercial, private and military aircraft as well as UAVs, eVTOLs, spacecraft, satellites and other airborne devices.

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Aerospace Applications

ESA’s Rosalind Franklin rover (formerly ExoMars) features a sophisticated carbon fiber chassis and NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, whose mission is to study the sun, is protected by an advanced carbon fiber shield. Other applications include:

- Satellites and payload support structures
- Fuselage, wings and tail
- Helicopters rotor blades and tail
- Instrument enclosures, doors and interior components like seats
- UAV structural components
- Actuators, landing gear and bleed air systems

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The ESE Advantage

A minority-owned small business, ESE is a one-stop shop that can take your project from concept to completion with our engineering, mold design, fabrication, and manufacturing capabilities.

Our state-of-the-art equipment, including a 5 Axis CNC machine, and our innovative tailored fiber placement (TFP) and high pressure fiber resin infusion technology serve to automate and accelerate the carbon fiber layup process.

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