Exxelia landed on the far side of the moon with its PM948S film capacitors on board the Chang’e 4 spacecraft
San Diego, CA – February 22, 2019
Space Micro is very pleased to be an integral and critical part of the SpaceIL Israeli lunar mission. The lander is called Beresheet, the Hebrew word for “Genesis,” and it is the creation of an Israeli nonprofit called SpaceIL.
Yesterday, SpaceX launched their Falcon 9 rocket from Florida, carrying a payload it has never transported before: a spacecraft bound for the Moon. One of the three payloads on the rocket, this is an Israeli-made lander that will travel through space over the next two months, then try to land on the lunar surface. If the touchdown is a success, it will be the first time that a vehicle made with mostly private money has ever landed on the Moon or any other planetary body.
Space Micro’s high data rate S-Band SDR transceiver is sending critical data back to ground stations, after collecting images and processing on board SpaceIL’s Beresheet spacecraft. The SDR for SpaceIL’s lunar mission is a modification of Space Micro’s standard product, which features radiation tolerance, high reliability, low SWaP, and, in this case, added ranging.
“Mission success is always our priority at Space Micro,” said Space Micro’s CEO, Dave Strobel. “Working with our customer, SpaceIL, to ensure their bus and spacecraft operates with our S-Band software defined radio (SDR) system speaks to our core value of teamwork.”
“Our spacecraft electronics now are going to the Moon for the second time, with the first being the highly successful NASA LADEE mission which also flew our S-band Software Defined Radio.”
Fridley, MN (January 10, 2019) – Omnetics Connector Corporation, a leading design and manufacturer of rugged high performance Micro-miniature and Nano-miniature interconnect solutions, with its corporate office and main manufacturing facility located at 7260 Commerce Circle East, Fridley, MN, today announced it has moved its Precision Machining Division into a new location at 10073 Baltimore Street NE, Blaine, MN. The new location will accommodate expanding capabilities and company growth; the machining space will increase from approximately 1,500 square feet to 12,000 square feet at the new location.
This new location for the Precision Machining Division allows Omnetics’ to continue to meet the growing opportunities and demands of our customers in the Military, Aerospace, Satellite, Petroleum, and Medical markets. The additional capacity allows us to meet or exceed the customer’s expectations for service, quality and on time delivery.
San Diego, CA – December 6, 2018
Space Micro’s cumulative space flight heritage has now exceeded 750,000 failure-free hours in various orbits: LEO, GEO, and lunar.
This data has been calculated by tracking the number of operational hours in space of 29 units of our satellite electronics for 13 programs and missions. Among these programs are: Air Force TacSat 2, Navy TacSat 4, NASA IRIS, NASA LADEE, DoD classified, NASA CRS, NASA TESS, DRS DESIS, Air Force ORS-1, and several commercial space projects.
“Our space flight heritage encompasses virtually our entire broad product line of satellite computing, image processing, optical, guidance and navigation, and space radio systems,” said Space Micro’s president, David R. Czajkowski.
The NASA InSight spacecraft landed on Mars on November 26, 2018 with two Exxelia film capacitors onboard. Designed and manufactured in France, these high precision capcitors are mounted on the French sismometer.
San Diego, CA – October 24, 2018
Space Micro has been awarded a new Phase I SBIR contract by NASA. This research and development will design a miniaturized dual-head star tracker in CubeSat form factor that can survive in harsh space radiation environments.
“We are pleased to enter into this contract with NASA and work with the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) to develop this CubeSat star tracker that will support higher reliability and longer lifetime NASA, DoD, and commercial space programs/missions,” said David J. Strobel, Space Micro’s CEO. “Space Micro is now seeing many more operational CubeSat missions in which availability and radiation tolerance is essential, and often not just in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). There was a gap in the available CubeSat/SmallSat star trackers products, which we are now addressing. We are also seeing a new demand for U.S. domestic sourcing for certain U.S. Government programs.”
The Phase I SBIR contract will span six months and, if successful, will transition into a full 24 month development award.