Bamboo Aerospace Applications

History of Bamboo use in Aerospace Applications

Bamboo as a regenerative and high-performance material in Aerospace applications.
Bamboo is lightweight, strong and preforms better than the current options.
- Lighter than Aluminum
- Stronger than Steel
- More durable than Carbon fiber (doesn’t shatter and fail catastrophically like carbon does)
- Flexes with impacts or stresses and returns (doesn’t stay bent like metals)
- Viscoelastic – Absorbs vibration better than any other construction material

 

bamboo airplane


Since its earliest beginnings, bamboo has been a part of flight. The first rockets made in China over 2,000 years ago were made from bamboo. The first US made airplanes were made with bamboo frames, as was first Curtiss airplane bought by the military in 1911. Bamboo was also the primary structural material in lighter than air craft like Bartons airship 1902-1905.

 

bamboo airplane

 

Bamboo Drones of the Future

Bamboo can be used as:
- Space frame material in manned and unmanned drones.
- Satellite, reflector panel and space station framing
- Housing and engineering needs in space
- Activated charcoal material
- Biochar as a growing medium
- Oxygen source
- Food (bamboo Shoots)

boo aerospace concept drone bamboo


We can begin to develop low O2 types of bamboo that can be grown in space to solve many of our construction, industrial and human support needs.



Links:
https://www.spaceline.org/history-cape-canaveral/history-of-rocketry/history-of-rocketry-chapter-1/