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Has NASA just invented a puncture-proof tyre that will last the life of your bike?

Has NASA just invented a puncture-proof tyre that will last the life of your bike?

A NASA-affiliated company set up to develop a new category of tyre could be one small step closer to a giant leap for the future of transportation. 

The SMART Tire Company (opens in new tab) was formed with the aim of commercialising an airless alloy tyre called METL (Martensite Elasticized Tubular Loading) that was originally invented for space exploration. SMART is an acronym for Shape Memory Alloy Radial Technology.

After seven years of development at the NASA Glenn Laboratory, the company says it is expecting to launch its first METL tyre in Q2 of 2023.

SMART tyre on a time trial bike with the sun shining through

(Image credit: SMART Tire Company)

“Starting with the extreme capabilities of this Mars-grade technology, we’ve developed new, patented tyres designed for cycling, automotive, trucking and aerospace applications,” the US brand claims.

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