Planetary Pros: Carbon fibre is a popular choice for vehicle chassis – from the humble hatchback to Formula 1 cars, because it’s both light and tough – very tough! Being light is important as it means less fuel is needed to get the craft off the ground.
Carbon fibre composites are also highly resistant to corrosion and don’t change when the temperature changes.
Because it’s tough, it can take heavy pressure and loads.
Carbon fibre materials can be tailored and layered for the job in hand, with different combinations for different jobs.
Cosmic Cons: Carbon fibre composites can be expensive to make, and the process can take a long time. It needs specialised equipment and expertise, and this can make it more expensive.
Carbon fibre composites are also more easily damaged by impacts than metals.
Added to all that, recycling carbon fibre materials can be challenging, so they’re not great for the environment.