ACG's Materials Used In Outer Space

MTM57 Series prepregs and ZPREG product formats from Advanced Composites Group Ltd, (ACG), a member of Umeco Composites Structural Materials - a division of Umeco plc, are being used to build the collector dishes for ALMA's antennas. ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimeter Array, is one of the largest ever ground-based astronomy projects.

Nine years after initial construction commenced and only seven years since ACG started collaborative development and testing, the array is now recording unbelievable events that mankind has never seen before. The most recent photographic observation from outer space came from the European Southern Observatory, one of several organisations that operate the facility. Images released by ALMA, taken using just 12 antennae in the total array, shows a collision of two galaxies know as the 'Antenna Galaxies'.

An ALMA antenna on Chajnantor

Since receiving the initial materials supply contract for the manufacture of the first 25 collector dishes almost 5 years ago, ACG is delighted that it still actively engaged in this awe-inspiring project as the materials supplier for 50 dishes. ACG is now looking forward to viewing further astounding images that the array will present to mankind in years to come.

For further information, please contact:Advanced Composites Group www.acg.co.uk

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