Areas of Expertise / Deep Space Technology
DEEP SPACE TECHNOLOGY
OUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO DEEP SPACE TECHNOLOGY

EUROPA MULTIPLE FLYBY MISSION - 2025


Europa’s Multiple Flyby Mission would conduct detailed reconnaissance of Jupiter’s moon and would investigate whether the icy moon could harbor conditions suitable for life using a highly capable, radiation-tolerant spacecraft that would perform repeated close flybys of the moon from a long, looping orbit around Jupiter. This project is planned to launch in 2025.


ORION CAPSULE


The Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (Orion MPCV) is a spacecraft intended to carry a crew of up to four astronauts to destinations at or beyond low Earth orbit. Orion is intended to facilitate human exploration of asteroids and of Mars, as well as to provide a means of delivering or retrieving crew of supplies from the ISS if needed. The first mission to carry astronauts is not expected to take place until 2021 at the earliest.
JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE


The James Webb Space Telescope will be a large infrared telescope JWST will be the premier observatory of the next decade, serving thousands of astronomers worldwide. It will study every phase in the history of our Universe, ranging from the first luminous glows after the Big Bang, to the formation of solar systems capable of supporting life on planets like Earth, to the evolution of our own Solar System. Pioneer Circuits provided flex and rigid-flex assemblies used to send sign signals back to Earth.
CURIOSITY ROVER


Curiosity is part of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the red planet. Curiosity was designed to assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms called microbes. In other words, its mission is to determine the planet’s “habitability.” Curiosity arrived on Mars on August 5th, 2012. We provided unprecedented extended length flex technology for the Curiosity Rover.
DRAGON CAPSULE


The Dragon Capsule is a partially reusable spacecraft developed by SpaceX, an American private space transportation company based in Hawthorne, California. Dragon is launched into space by the SpaceX Falcon 9, two-state-to-orbit launch vehicle. Space X is developing a crewed version called the Dragon V2. During its maiden flight in December 2010, Dragon became the first commercially built and operated spacecraft to be recovered successfully from orbit. We supplied a 21 layer rigid-flex interconnect for the spacecraft.
DEEP SPACE NETWORK


The American Deep Space Network (DSN) is a world-wide network of large antennas and communication facilities, located in the United States (California), Spain (Madrid), and Australia (Canberra), that supports interplanetary spacecraft missions. It also performs radio and radar astronomy observations for the exploration of the solar system and the universe, and supports selected Earth-orbiting missions. We are proud to have developed a unique flex circuit assembly for the DSN.
GLAST


GLAST is a next generation high-energy gamma-ray observatory designed for making observations of celestial gamma-ray sources in the energy band extending from 10 MeV to more than 100 GeV. We worked with all three divisions of NASA's team to produce critical parts to meet NASA's launch window for GLAST. The four-layer extended length flex circuits we produced measured 34" x 3.5". Each flex assembly had up to 10 connectors with surface mount resistors as well.
NEW HORIZONS


NASA's New Horizons probe headed to a place never before visited by robotic probe from Earth: Pluto. On July, 2015, the spacecraft completed a nearly-decade-long journey to fly by Pluto and reveal humanity's first close-up look at the distant dwarf planet. We contributed an 8-layer rigid-flex part for the camera of the probe and two rigid boards for communication and control.
PIONEER CIRCUITS: WHERE NO FLEX CIRCUIT HAS GONE BEFORE

Check out our history on board space mission in the video below