American Elements supplies NASA and its private contractors, such as Raytheon and Teledyne, with materials compatible with the extreme conditions of space including iridium parts, ultra high purity alloys and state of the art coating systems.

We comply with AS9000 and AS9100 standards to assure we meet the most stringent safety and quality requirements. More recently, American Elements has become a supplier of materials to the SpaceX program with high technology refractory alloys such as Molybdenum TZM.

Question? Speak to an American Elements engineer at space@americanelements.com

Innovation Case Study #1: American Elements Develops Additives to Produce Ultra White Coating for Satellite Applications

#1: American Elements Develops Additives to Produce Ultra White Coating for Satellite Applications


The Challenge

Space poses possibly the most difficult challenges to materials scientists. Solar radiation, intense UV light and wide temperature ranges test the limits of structural materials and coatings. Preventing UV light damage is in large part controlled by the “whiteness” of the coating system which deflects UV radiation.

The Innovation

When NASA contractors sought to develop a new generation of space-grade coatings for telecommunications satellites, they turned to American Elements to produce ultra-high purity forms of certain oxide compounds such as gallium, aluminum and zinc which share the property of extreme whiteness. We synthesized space-grade forms of each oxide in certified 99.999% purity and formulated custom blends to optimize the material.

The Result

A next generation coating system was developed in 2010 and is currently in use on several U.S. launched satellites to provide exceptional resistance to intense UV light exposure.

Innovation Case Study #28: American Elements Develops Unique Radiation Shielding Foils for Orbital ATK Satellite

#28: American Elements Develops Unique Radiation Shielding Foils for Orbital ATK Satellite


The Challenge

In 2017, Orbital ATK won a contract to creating an flexible and modular satellite platform for the Pentagon’s Space Test Program Satellite-6 (STPSat-6), an experimental spacecraft designed to detect nuclear explosions and collect weather data.. Orbital ATK sought advanced materials that would shield the electrical wire harnesses from extreme radiation.

The Innovation

Orbital ATK turned to American Elements for assistance in determining the most effective way to shield the wiring harnesses from space radiation. American Elements determined that by wrapping the wires in flexible tantalum foils coated with a proprietary laminate material would not only provide radiation shielding but also prevent the absorption of free protons.

The Result

The coated tantalum foils were successfully implemented in Orbital ATK's platform. The DoD intends STPSat-6 to be the primary payload onboard the Space Test Program (STP) 3, which is planned to launch in June 2019.

Selected Products Supplied to the Space Industry

(5N) 99.999% Aluminum Oxide Powder (5N) 99.999% High Purity Gallium Oxide Powder (5N) 99.999% High Purity Silicon Powder Aluminum Bars
Aluminum Bismuth Alloy Aluminum Flake Aluminum Foam Aluminum Foil
Aluminum Magnesium Alloy Aluminum Magnesium Alloy Nanopowder Aluminum Magnesium Powder Aluminum Oxide Foam
Aluminum Oxide Powder Aluminum Oxide Wool Aluminum Pellets Aluminum Rod
Aluminum Silicon Foil Aluminum Sputtering Target Aluminum Sulfide Sputtering Target Aluminum Wire
Antimony Powder Barium Fluoride BaF2 Beryllium Lump Bismuth Germanate BGO
Bismuth Indium Alloy Boron Nitride Micropowder Boron Powder Calcium Carbonate Nanoparticle Dispersion
Calcium Carbonate Nanoparticles Calcium Fluoride Activated by Europium Calcium Shot Carbon Nanotubes
Cerium Oxide Powder Chromium Oxide Powder Chromium Powder Chromium(II) Chloride
Cobalt Block Cobalt Cube Cobalt Foil Cobalt Oxide Nanoparticles
Cobalt Pieces Copper Foam Copper Foil Copper Nanoparticle Dispersion
Copper Nanoparticles Copper Powder Copper Shot Dysprosium Block
Dysprosium Cube Dysprosium Fluoride Dysprosium Foil Fused Quartz Powder
Fused Quartz Sputtering Target Gadolinium Block Gadolinium Cube Gadolinium Foil
Gadolinium Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Gadolinium Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Gallium Antimonide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Gallium Oxide Powder
Germanium Pieces Gold Foil Gold Pellets Graphite Foil
Graphite, Expandable Hafnium Diboride Hafnium Oxide Powder Holmium(III) Phosphate
Inconel 718 Alloy Inconel 718 Alloy Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Inconel 718 Powder Indium Wire
Iridium Rod Iron Acetate Iron Metal Powder Iron Nanoparticle Dispersion
Iron Nanoparticles Iron Nickel Alloy Iron Nickel Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Iron Nickel Powder
Iron(II,III) Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Iron(II,III) Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Iron(III) Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Iron(III) Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder
Iron(III) Oxide Nanowires Lanthanum Blocks Lanthanum Cubes Lanthanum Foil
Lanthanum Powder Lanthanum Vanadium Oxide Sputtering Target Lanthanum-Nickel-Aluminum Alloy Lead Shot
Lithium Fluoride Powder Lithium Pieces Lithium Tantalate Lithium Wire
Lutetium Blocks Lutetium Foil Magnesium Aluminate, Spinel Magnesium Aluminate, Spinel Nanoparticles / Nanopowder
Magnesium Plate Maraging Steel Molybdenum Bars Molybdenum Blocks
Molybdenum Carbide Mo2C Molybdenum Disilicide Heating Elements Molybdenum Foil Molybdenum Granules
Molybdenum Pellets Molybdenum Slugs Molybdenum Tube Nickel Chromium Molybdenum Iron Alloy
Nickel Foam Nickel Slugs Niobium Blocks Niobium Foil
Niobium Powder Niobium Rod Niobium Titanium Sputtering Target Niobium Tube
Niobium(IV) Carbide Olivine Powder Platinum Rhodium Alloy Platinum Ribbon
Potassium 2-Ethylhexanoate Potassium Hexacyanomanganate Praseodymium Oxide Powder Praseodymium Plate
Ruthenium Oxide Powder Samarium Cobalt Powder Samarium Cobalt SmCo5 Powder Scandium Oxide Powder
Scandium(III) Nitrate Hydrate Silicon Carbide Powder Silicon Nanoparticle Dispersion Silicon Nanoparticles
Silicon Pieces Silicon Powder Silver Blocks Silver Cubes
Silver Foil Silver Nanoparticles Silver Ribbon Sodium Borosilicate
Strontium Carbonate Strontium Zirconate Strontium Zirconate Sputtering Target Tantalum Bracket
Tantalum Powder Tantalum Sheet Tantalum Tube Tellurium Oxide Powder
Tin Slugs Titanium Aluminum Vanadium Foil Titanium Aluminum Vanadium Sputtering Target Titanium Foam
Titanium Nitride Nanoparticle Dispersion Titanium Nitride Nanoparticles Titanium Pellets Titanium Powder
Titanium Slugs Tungsten Blocks Tungsten Copper Alloy Tungsten Foil
Tungsten Powder TZM Molybdenum Alloy TZM Molybdenum Alloy Bars TZM Molybdenum Alloy Plate
TZM Molybdenum Alloy Tube TZM Molybdenum Alloy Wire Vanadium Sputtering Target Ytterbium Plate
Ytterbium Powder Yttrium Aluminum Oxide Powder Yttrium Stabilized Zirconia Granule Zinc Nitride
Zinc Nitride Sputtering Target Zinc Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Zirconium Carbide
Zirconium Carbide Sputtering Target Zirconium Diboride Zirconium Silicate Zirconium Titanium Alloy