VIDEO: Self healing material could enable future space ships to repair themselves autonomously

08/30/2015 - 14:44

For astronauts living in space with objects zooming around them at 22,000 miles per hour like rogue super-bullets, it’s good to have a backup plan. Shields and maneuvering protect spacecraft well, but to add another layer of potentially life-saving protection, scientists have developed a material designed to heal itself in less than a second in case it gets punctured.

Ref: Rapid, Puncture-Initiated Healing via Oxygen-Mediated Polymerization. ACS Macro Letters (2015) | DOI:10.1021/acsmacrolett.5b00315