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Development of Electronics for Low-Temperature Space MissionsElectronic systems that are capable of operating at cryogenic temperatures will be needed for many future NASA space missions, including deep space probes and spacecraft for planetary surface exploration. In addition to being able to survive the harsh deep space environment, low-temperature electronics would help improve circuit performance, increase system efficiency, and reduce payload development and launch costs. Terrestrial applications where components and systems must operate in low-temperature environments include cryogenic instrumentation, superconducting magnetic energy storage, magnetic levitation transportation systems, and arctic exploration. An ongoing research and development project for the design, fabrication, and characterization of low-temperature electronics and supporting technologies at NASA Glenn Research Center focuses on efficient power systems capable of surviving in and exploiting the advantages of low-temperature environments. Supporting technologies include dielectric and insulating materials, semiconductor devices, passive power components, optoelectronic devices, and packaging and integration of the developed components into prototype flight hardware. An overview of the project is presented, including a description of the test facilities, a discussion of selected data from component testing, and a presentation of ongoing research activities being performed in collaboration with various organizations.
Document ID
Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Patterson, Richard L.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Hammoud, Ahmad
(DYNACS Engineering Co., Inc. Brook Park, OH United States)
Dickman, John E.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Gerber, Scott S.
(DYNACS Engineering Co., Inc. Brook Park, OH United States)
Overton, Eric
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2001
Subject Category
Electronics And Electrical Engineering
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.15:210235
Meeting Information
European Workshop: Low Temperature Electronics(Noordwijk)
Funding Number(s)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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