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Paving The Way For New Cost-cutting Space Power Technology

| AF SBIR/STTR | Aug. 1, 2016

 

 

QorTek Inc.

  • LOCATION:Williamsport, Pennsylvania
  • TOPIC NUMBER: AF103-080
  • TOPIC TITLE:Radiation-Resistant, High-Efficiency Direct Current-Direct Current (DC-DC) Converters for Spacecraft Loads
  • TECHNICAL PROJECT OFFICE: AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland AFB, NM

Spacecraft power systems are typically large and heavy, adding significant cost to government and commercial missions. However, a Pennsylvania-based small business is pushing the boundaries to create a more compact solution that boosts reliability and drives down the price.

Backed by the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Program, QorTek Inc. developed a new ceramics-based electronics technology that is smaller and lighter, as well as better suited for high-temperature and radiation environments, than traditional space power systems.

Officials at Air Force Research Laboratory’s Space Vehicles Directorate say the effort was a success as the new part performed well under initial radiation testing. That sets the stage for a whole new class of power solutions for missile and space applications.

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