Contrary to popular belief the NASA space program of the mid 20th century did not yield the invention of non-stick frying pans. That accolade may well belong to the Mycenaean Greeks, let us not dwell on the possible inventions of a long gone 3,000 year-old civilisation. Let us focus on the now.
The NASA space program has inadvertently led to the creation of hand-me-down, consumer technologies. One small step for man is one giant leap for LED TV’s, software, CAT Scans, ear thermometers, memory foam… to name but a few.
NASA is always inventing new ways to tackle the unimaginable, the chainmail tyre is one such example. It was developed for future space missions to tackle harsh alien environments, notably Mars.
To develop the future NASA went back to the future, back to the Middle Ages when chainmail was seen as the most advanced war technology of the time.
NASA’s chainmail tyre is made from a nickel-titanium alloy, it offers more flexibility and can absorb more deformation than a conventional tyre.
As with all NASA developed technologies chainmail tyres could have consumer commercial viability.