For more than 28 years, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has captured images of the universe and sent them back to Earth. After nine years in space, a critical repair mission launched in 1999 to replace part of the telescope’s computer system. The upgraded computer is up to 20 times faster than its predecessor, and its power supply contains 37 high-voltage precision resistors from Ohmcraft in Rochester.
NASA repeatedly turns to Ohmcraft’s custom resistors for missions, including the Juno Spacecraft and Curiosity, its rover on Mars. The resistors are selected for their endurance, reliability and stability, which are all critical components in space applications.
“As required by NASA, the resistors used in this mission underwent rigorous testing to ensure their long-term performance in the harsh environment of space,” said Eric Van Wormer, vice president of the Ohmcraft division of Micropen Technologies. “We have now worked on several different aerospace projects for NASA, and we are proud to have played a role in these incredible scientific journeys.”
Since its launch in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has recorded more than 1.3 million observations from space. Its images help further scientists’ understanding of phenomena such as stars, black holes and unexplored planets. The telescope is credited with the discovery of four of Pluto’s five moons.
Ohmcraft’s technology utilizes the proprietary Micropen electronic printing system to print precise, narrow, serpentine lines with resistive ink on a ceramic substrate, producing higher performance resistors that can withstand high voltages.
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