29 Jun '12, 8pm

Thin-Film Tape Protects Mars Rover Wiring

Thin-Film Tape Protects Mars Rover Wiring

A high-performance thin-film product cre- ated specifically for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, is being used to ensure the electrical currents from the Mars Rover Curiosity’s different systems will not interfere with each other or impede the rover’s operation, while also protecting delicate cable systems from the harsh Martian environment. DUNMORE engineered the tape by combining DuPont Kapton polyimide film with a 3M adhesive and fiberglass reinforcement layer. The tape is one of the multi-layer insulation (MLI) products on Curiosity, which was launched in November 2011 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Full article: http://www.techbriefs.com/component/content/article/13973...

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