A giant leap for technical textiles

July 1st, 2021

The International Achievement Awards (IAAs) began in 1946 as a photo contest for awning and canopy projects, and 75 years later, the program continues to honor exceptional work in those fields. But as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the IAAs in 2021, we can marvel at the wide range of projects that use specialty […]

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Karl Deardorff’s smart moves with SLO Sail and Canvas

May 1st, 2021

At age 19, Karl Deardorff bought a sewing machine from Leo Robbins, his first sailing instructor. “I wanted to be able to fix and alter my own sails,” he says. The machine went with Deardorff to California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, where he was also on the sailing team. Soon he was […]

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Sun-powered, citizen-funded LightSail 2 in orbit

December 1st, 2019

The first citizen-funded spacecraft to successfully demonstrate a new form of propulsion, the LightSail 2 could be a game-changer that opens up space exploration. Approximately 50,000 people from more than 100 countries, as well as foundations and corporate partners, donated to the $7 million mission from 2009 through March 2019. Photos: Josh Spradling, The Planetary […]

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Set a course: the aerospace market

July 1st, 2019

As NASA sets a course for Mars and a return to the moon, and private companies engage in a new space race, textile companies navigate the aerospace market with high-performance fabrics and products designed for the next frontier. by Amy Goetzman When does a single lemon cost $2,000? When it’s in space. NASA reports that […]

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