Journal Front Cover Image: JCS Vol. 5 Issue 6

Hyeon (Ann) Lee, Parvez Alam

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Cover Story: While an airbrake has already been designed for Endeavour’s Darwin I rocket, there is still room for curiosity-driven improvement. Here, a Flasher origami airbrake is designed as a bilayer composite of segmented quasi-isotropic CFRP on a carbon fibre woven membrane. When stowed, the airbrake has a 3D structure that aligns flush with the fuselage of the rocket; however, when actuated to an open state, it becomes a flat 2D plate that increases drag. The Flasher origami airbrake is lower in weight and volume and has a 6-fold higher drag-to-torque ratio than the current Darwin I airbrake design. This paper elucidates the noteworthy potential for the application of origami composite technologies in rocket engineering
Original languageEnglish
TypeJournal Cover Image
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jun 2021

Publication series

NameJournal of Composites Science
PublisherMDPI AG
ISSN (Print)2504-477X


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