NASA rover tech has been utilized to make bike tires that require no air. These tires were originally designed by NASA for utilization on lunar and Mars rovers missions. This bike tire is as strong as titanium, but it is elastic.
It has the perfect shape without needing any air as it doesn’t go flat. It comes in metallic blue, silver, and gold. These tires are produced from lightweight materials called NiTinol+.
These tires are the first consumer use of the alloy tire technology. NASA will use them to get rover missions out on rough terrain. NASA partnered with SMART Tire Company to produce these tires.
Cyclists will not be able to wait to get their hands on these cool-looking, space-age tires that don’t go flat. The unique combination of these advanced materials, coupled with a next generation, eco-friendly design makes for a revolutionary product.CEO of SMART, Earl Cole
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Earl Cole and Brian Yennie established SMART in 2020. The SMART team worked together with inventors at NASA Glenn Research Center to make alloy tire technology available to the public. These alloys are durable and they exhibit more recoverable strain of ordinary steel, the NASA rover tech was applied in designing these tires.
This means that NASA has been able to design an alloy that can go back to their normal shape at the molecular level, according to Darrell Etherington. These tires can deform when they are on an uneven terrain and then go back to their normal shape without losing its structure.
The MEFL tires designed by SMART are ideal for the planet as they are made with durable materials that result in rubber waste reduction. This is the ultimate plan to make these tires ideal for the modern cyclists.
Shape memory alloys look extremely promising in revolutionizing the entire terrestrial tire industry and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.Santo Padula, NASA’s Materials Science Engineer