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Electronics for Deep Space Cryogenic ApplicationsDeep space probes and planetary exploration missions require electrical power management and control systems that are capable of efficient and reliable operation in very cold temperature environments. Typically, in deep space probes, heating elements are used to keep the spacecraft electronics near room temperature. The utilization of power electronics designed for and operated at low temperature will contribute to increasing efficiency and improving reliability of space power systems. At NASA Glenn Research Center, commercial-off-the-shelf devices as well as developed components are being investigated for potential use at low temperatures. These devices include semiconductor switching devices, magnetics, and capacitors. Integrated circuits such as digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital converters, DC/DC converters, operational amplifiers, and oscillators are also being evaluated. In this paper, results will be presented for selected analog-to-digital converters, oscillators, DC/DC converters, and pulse width modulation (PWM) controllers.
Document ID
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Patterson, R. L.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Hammond, A.
(QSS Group, Inc. Cleveland, OH United States)
Dickman, J. E.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Gerber, S. 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
October 1, 2002
Subject Category
Electronics And Electrical Engineering
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.15:211695
Meeting Information
Meeting: Fifth European Workshop on Low Temperature Electronics
Location: Grenoble
Country: France
Start Date: June 19, 2002
End Date: June 21, 2002
Sponsors: Institut National Polytechnique
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 297-60-10
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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