How the Air Force Helps Keep Technology Cool

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July 10, 2015 | Source: science.dodlive.mil

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and a small business partner are developing technologies that they expect will enable successful use of high-power processors that operate on satellites with funding from the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

A next-generation, micro-chip carrier is currently in development by ThermAvant Technologies, LLC, located in Columbia, Missouri, and is already being tested by manufacturers of several major commercial and military satellite and aerospace systems.

This innovative cooling solution will reduce the temperature of high-power satellite components to levels manageable by the spacecraft’s thermal control system.  This is advantageous because it improves processor reliability, while providing the opportunity to increase on-board processing.