Imagine editing a design file on your laptop, uploading it to a specialty printer and collecting your spacecraft in the output tray later in the day. Flexible printed electronics have revolutionized consumer products such as cellular phones and PDAs, allowing greater functionality with decreasing size and weight. Perhaps the same can be done for NASA spacecraft. This study will explore the concept of designing and fabricating a spacecraft based entirely on flexible substrate printed electronics. The study will consider mission requirements, manufacturing compatibility and advanced technology from both industry and academia.More »
This innovative architecture offers the potential of tremendous benefits such as shortened design and development schedules, significantly reduced cost, mass and volume and true mass production. These benefits and the novel design approach can be translated directly into mission level advantages such as increased density for network missions, surface systems that land themselves, and multifunctional integrated surfaces. With this revolutionary capability, NASA would be able to dramatically improve performance, flexibility, weight, cost, schedule, reliability and operational simplicity for many scientific missions and support for human exploration.More »
|Organizations Performing Work||Role||Type||Location|
|Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)||Lead Organization||NASA Center||Pasadena, California|
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