Market Applications

Market Applications

Secant Technical Materials provides custom engineered materials and textile solutions for the space, energy, filtration and other non-medical markets. Our high-performance textiles and materials are developed and manufactured to meet the specific needs of our industry leading customers.

Our value proposition includes the ability to create unique functional feed stocks for fiber technologies, leading to specialized technical textiles. Simply put, we create—from start to finish—the basic building blocks and advanced engineered textile functionality as defined by the need.



  • Innovative mesh materials for antenna reflectors used in satellite applications
  • Highly functional materials for thermal and radiation shielding
  • Space suit fabrics
  • Fabric for space habitat
  • Core sheathing


  • Woven dissolvable materials for hydraulic fracturing
  • Conductive textiles
  • Fuel cell membranes


  • Woven and knitted filtration fabrics
  • Ion exchange membrane scaffolds
Case StudyAerospace Company (Satellite)
  • Situation

    Our client developed a novel deployable Ka/Ku- band small satellite antenna system with a 1-meter aperture mesh reflector. The new satellite could be used for communication or radar instruments and offered significant benefits over current technology. The product was optimized to provide a substantial increase in data communication rates over S-band parabolic and X-band patch antennas with the same power input. The system was also designed to meet a compact stowing compaction target that required the antenna to be deployed from a 1.0 to 2.5U package with a total weight of less than 2 kg. The client engaged Secant group to help design and manufacture the mesh components of the product.

  • Challenge

    Secant Group faced several challenges with this project. The highly compact nature of the product and very small diameter reflector would require an antenna mesh design with a high degree of surface accuracy. Secant group would need to determine the best material to use and then engineer an antenna mesh with a high number of openings per inch. The mesh needed to have sufficient mechanical stiffness properties to allow for deployment of a parabolic convex or concave shaped reflector. Also, the mesh had to perform at or above Ka band frequency.

  • Action

    Secant Group’s engineers decided to use gold molybdenum wire because of its lightweight, compact, and configurable properties. Also, this antenna mesh can operate in challenging space environments over a wide range of frequencies. Secant needed to first develop the wire specifications and source the production of the material. Once the wire specifications were selected, Secant’s product development engineers created a custom mesh with excellent mechanical properties and capable of operating at 32–34 GHz and 35.75 GHza, which is in the Ka-band frequency.

  • Results

    Secant Group’s manufacturing engineers have since successfully scaled up this technology and are currently producing initial commercial volumes. The client has successfully tested a breadboard engineering unit and is preparing a second antenna to fly on an upcoming cube satellite mission.