Can this mystery be solved?... possibly, if thousands of curious net folks see this page, someone will come up with the critical clue that will shed light on this....
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In 1993 several newspapers and magazines in the U.S. and Europe reported that Maurice Ward, a former British plastics factory owner, had invented a lightweight plastic/ceramic composite material capable of astonishing resistance to super-high temperatures. The material, which he called 'Starlite', amazed researchers:
A 'Starlite'-coated egg was unaffected after 4 minutes of direct exposure to a 1200-degree blowtorch flame. A simulated 10,000-degree nuclear flash test, at White Sands missile test range in New Mexico, also had little effect on 'Starlite'. High-powered laser blasts had little visible effect on samples of 'Starlite' material.Test results were reported during 1993 in Jane's 'International Defense Review', 'Chemical and Engineering News', and 'Business Week', and a demonstration was shown on British television.
Mr. Ward had refused to patent the substance so as to avoid revealing his formulation process. Speculation was that 'Starlite' consists of a combination of more than 20 components, primarily organic polymers, borates, and ceramics.
Despite the obvious commercial, defense, and life-saving properties of this new material, research shows no further evidence whatsoever of 'Starlite' or 'Maurice Ward'.
Received a report that the U.S. Department of Energy and NASA were near agreement with Ward in 1994 but that NASA refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
In mid-1996 it was reported that a New Jersey Company would use a "low grade version" of Starlite in the manufacture of a commercial product. The company, Burley Products Inc., would only say that it would be a 'household product'.
Maurice Ward, Starlite's inventor, still refuses to disclose any information about his plastic's composition. According to an article in the British newspaper "Daily Mail", Ward remains tremendously afraid that someone will steal his formula or that he'll be duped out of appropriate compensation. He has, however, revealed that Starlite requires 21 different ingredients that can be processed in a blender.
A number of unverified reports have been received indicating that certain governments or companies have stolen or duplicated the formula and manufacturing process for Starlite. The most interesting report was that Starlite, or a duplicate material, is being manufactured for the U.S. government at a secret installation in the eastern United States. This report could not be verified.
If the report is true, Maurice Ward's (Starlite's British inventor) secretiveness may have backfired and lost him hundred's of millions of dollars in royalties. It's also possible his fears were well-grounded and that his formula was stolen and that he was indeed duped out of any compensation for his phenominal invention.
Apparently Maurice Ward himself is now among the "thousands of curious net folks" who have seen this page, and several reports were received in early 1997 from an intermediary with the following information:
Received reports in early 1997 that several U.S government agencies are still working with Maurice Ward, including the FAA, Navy, and NASA.
Received reports in early 1997 that several large U.S. aerospace companies are actively investigating Starlite, and that the Canadian government had been actively working with Starlite but has ended the project.
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