With NASA’s bulk metallic glass alloys we can increase operational capability and accomplish more science in extreme cold environments like permanently shadowed craters on the Moon, the Lunar night, and icy bodies such as Europa. Temperatures in these environments are regularly more than twice as cold as those ever recorded on earth. Spacecraft mechanisms, specifically gearboxes and actuators, made from these materials can operate without power consuming heaters. This allows that power to be used instead for more instruments or extending the life of the mission.
Heaterless actuators for power constrained missions increased operational capability, increased science return, and extended mission lifetime.
|Organizations Performing Work||Role||Type||Location|
|Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)||Lead Organization||NASA Center||Pasadena, California|
|Eutectix||Supporting Organization||Industry||Troy, Michigan|
|Langley Research Center (LaRC)||Supporting Organization||NASA Center||Hampton, Virginia|
|Supercool Metals, LLC||Supporting Organization||
Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)
|Game Changing Development (GCD)||NASA Program|
|Kennedy Space Center (KSC)||NASA Center||Kennedy Space Center, Florida|
|Planetary Science||NASA Program|