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Spectrum's high-precision PCBs enhance space communication for Psyche Mission
This partnership between Spectrum Advanced Manufacturing Technologies and NASA not only focuses on exploring the asteroid Psyche but also on enhancing deep space communication capabilities, showcasing the vital role of innovative technologies in overcoming the challenges of deep space exploration.
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Spectrum's high-precision PCBs enhance space communication for Psyche Mission
by Clarence Oxford
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 15, 2024

Spectrum Advanced Manufacturing Technologies recently highlighted its crucial involvement in NASA's Psyche spacecraft mission, following the successful completion of the spacecraft's 100-day checkout phase. The mission, which embarked on its journey on October 13, 2023, aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, has now transitioned into its operational phase, partly powered by Spectrum's high-precision circuit boards.

Jeff Gilbert, the Chief Operating Officer at Spectrum, detailed the integral role their circuit boards play within the spacecraft's communication systems. "Our products' performance during the critical initial 100 days is a testament to our team's expertise and the reliability of our technology in extreme conditions," Gilbert noted, emphasizing Spectrum's commitment to advancing space technology through their involvement in this project.

The mission, managed by Arizona State University in partnership with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), is pioneering in its approach to deep space exploration. It is propelled by a solar electric propulsion system and aims to explore the asteroid Psyche.

Spectrum's technology is notably supporting the Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) experiment, which seeks to enhance space communication. The DSOC experiment, utilizing a near-infrared laser system, aims to increase transmission rates and bandwidth, potentially setting a new standard for data transmission in space.

As the Psyche spacecraft prepares for a Mars gravity assist in 2.5 years, an essential maneuver in its 5.5-year journey to the asteroid belt, Spectrum's contributions underscore the importance of reliable technology in the success of space missions. This involvement marks Spectrum's position as a key player in the development of technologies critical for the future of space exploration.

This partnership between Spectrum Advanced Manufacturing Technologies and NASA signifies a step forward in space exploration. The mission not only focuses on exploring the asteroid Psyche but also on enhancing deep space communication capabilities, showcasing the vital role of innovative technologies in overcoming the challenges of space exploration.

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