As a composite material, CFRP is galvanically metallized and used as waveguide antennas for satellite applications. This method has now been further developed to the point that even individual fiber bundles can be metallized and used for certain applications.
Mercury is the smallest and innermost planet of our solar system. The ESA and JAXA are now planning the joint BepiColombo mission to collect new information about this virtually unknown planet. Coated parts from the Fraunhofer IST will be on board.