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Electronic Components and Systems for Cryogenic Space ApplicationsElectronic components and systems capable of operation at cryogenic temperatures are anticipated in many future NASA space missions such as deep space probes and planetary surface exploration. For example, an unheated interplanetary probe launched to explore the rings of Saturn would reach an average temperature near Saturn of about - 183 C. In addition to surviving the deep space harsh environment, electronics capable of low temperature operation would contribute to improving circuit performance, increasing system efficiency, and reducing 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 system, and arctic exploration. An on-going research and development program at the NASA Glenn Research Center focuses on the development of reliable electronic devices and efficient power systems capable of surviving in low temperature environments. An overview of the program will be presented in this paper. A description of the low temperature test facilities along with selected data obtained from in-house component testing will also be discussed. Ongoing research activities that are being performed in collaboration with various organizations will also be presented.
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Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Patterson, R. L.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Hammoud, A.
(QSS Group, Inc. Brook Park, OH United States)
Dickman, J. E.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Gerber, S.
(ZIN Technologies, Inc. Brook Park, OH United States)
Elbuluk, M. E.
(Akron Univ. Akron, OH United States)
Overton, E.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
August 1, 2001
Subject Category
Electronics And Electrical Engineering
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.15:211129
Meeting Information
Meeting: 2001 Cryogenic Engineering Conference
Location: Madison, WI
Country: United States
Start Date: July 16, 2001
End Date: July 20, 2001
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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