Composite Crew Module passes critical NASA tests

Collier Research's HyperSizer structural sizing and composite analysis software accurately predicted the CCM's successful performance under simulated flight conditions.

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Collier Research Corp. (Hampton, Va.) reports that a series of critical, full-scale physical tests completed in December 2009 by the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) at Langley Research Center on its Composite Crew Module (CCM) has confirmed that the company’s HyperSizer structural sizing and composite analysis software accurately predicted performance under simulated flight conditions (see related article). An all-composite alternative to the flight crew module Orion, which is part of NASA’s Constellation program to send astronauts to the Moon and beyond, the CCM’s successful test performance is seen as a major milestone in the increased use of lightweight composites in human-occupied space vehicles.