May 22, 1996 |
About 25 years ago, L'Garde Inc., a small Tustin company, began pioneering a line of thin-skinned, multi-task balloons. Tuesday, the research paid off. Members of Congress and NASA officials had a press conference to tout L'Garde's tennis-court-size inflatable antenna: one of the largest and most complex inflatable objects that NASA has ever launched into space. The space shuttle Endeavour carried the antenna packaged in a desk-size box, which it launched in a satellite this week.