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Nanocomp awarded development deal

CONCORD, N.H., April 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force has contracted Nanocomp Technologies Inc. to continue development of its carbon nanotube technologies for potential aerospace applications.

U.S. company Nanocomp was awarded a Small Business Innovation Research contract as part of the Defense Department's technology-innovation program. Under the deal, Nanocomp will develop methods for the production of carbon nanotube wiring in the "quantities and forms required for direct integration into aircraft electric power applications," according to a news release.

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Officials said the Nanocomp carbon nanotube technologies could potentially be a substitute for nickel-based conductors in shielding applications.

"The nature and importance of these projects demonstrates the unique potential of our material as the basis for creating game-changing yet cost-effective replacements for traditional aerospace components," Peter Antoinette, Nanocomp Technologies president and chief executive, said in a statement.

"We've proven that the performance of CNT wiring is superior to that of copper for high frequency applications, with dramatic weight savings. The critical next piece of moving to commercialization is optimizing our manufacturing process for wire and cable applications."

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