ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Carbice Corporation, the company that is helping customers build stronger by eliminating interface failure mode and achieving sustainability, today announced that it is collaborating with Blue Canyon Technologies, Inc. as a key supplier of aligned carbon nanotechnology (CNT) solutions for critical spacecraft programs. RTX’s Blue Canyon Technologies is a leading provider of turnkey small satellite solutions, including nanosatellites, microsatellites, and ESPA-class satellites.
This collaboration ensures that Carbice’s aligned CNT material – Carbice Space Pad™ – will continue to be integrated into nearly all satellite solutions from RTX’s Blue Canyon Technologies. It has demonstrated on-orbit success for critical government missions and customers, and is scheduled to launch in early 2024 on MethaneSAT, an advanced methane-tracking satellite in space that will offer high-resolution quantification and tracking of total global emissions to find and fix leaks faster and document the progress.
Spacecrafts face the harshest environments for thermal management, with intense radiation, large temperature variations, and limited ways for heat to move. Carbice Space Pad is a proven and reliable thermal solution that combines high-power dissipation performance with ease of use. Traditional thermal interface materials (TIMs) such as grease and liquid silicone rubber can damage parts during assembly integration and test (AI&T) and cause delays in production. Carbice Space Pad negates this damage and delay by saving existing material from being discarded and avoiding an increased schedule risk. By reducing and eliminating scraps due to rework and destruction, Carbice Space Pad is a more sustainable TIM that enables longer-term performance in orbit. The material is also the first fully predictable interface solution: the company’s digital tool, Carbice SIM, predicts Space Pad performance with accuracy, offering exact pressure distribution analysis and saving thermal vacuum testing time.
“This is a natural collaboration for us: as innovators in aerospace manufacturing, collaborating with the deep tech trailblazers at Carbice strengthens our ability to launch quickly, launch well, and expand the limits of what’s possible in space,” said Jennifer Cech Young, Director of Thermal Systems Engineering at Blue Canyon Technologies. “Dr. Baratunde Cola and his team of pioneers have helped enable that speed and mission with Carbice Space Pad and Carbice SIM. The Carbice team have been true collaborators from the start, and critical satellite programs have launched successfully in part due to our integration of Space Pad. In our experience, aligned CNTs from Carbice are the most reliable advanced material for managing thermal systems, and we are thrilled to continue using it on nearly all Blue Canyon satellites moving forward.”
Aligned carbon nanotubes have recently been recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense as a “technology of special interest” for mission critical applications in U.S. security systems. On July 14, 2023, the U.S. House Armed Services Committee passed the 2024 NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) in a 58-1 bipartisan committee vote that elevated aligned CNTs as a special interest technology, leading to further exploration in its use for aerospace & defense, as well as industrial power and data applications which are critical to national security. Previously in use on the International Space Station, Carbice Space Pad has also shown demonstrated success on satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO), GEO orbits, and constellations such as those which share critical images from Ukraine. Beyond space, the Carbice ® Pads are used in compute and power applications on Earth, a fast-growing application area.
“The team at Blue Canyon Technologies have been at the forefront of spacecraft innovation from the start – and we are always proud to collaborate with fellow pioneers,” said Dr. Baratunde Cola, Carbice CEO and Founder. “As deep tech innovators with a proven critical material for aerospace and defense applications, this is a natural collaboration that will allow both our companies to continue to innovate and build stronger spacecraft solutions. To have Carbice Space Pad on MethaneSAT and nearly all Blue Canyon satellites moving forward is an immensely exciting achievement for our own team of pioneers and the larger community that supports us.”
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Carbice operates the world’s largest aligned carbon nanotube facility. Led by CEO and Founder, Dr. Baratunde Cola, the company is minority-founded, with diverse (minority and female) leadership on its Executive Team and deep ties to the academic and technology communities in the U.S. southeast region, with an expanding footprint that includes Silicon Valley and the EU.
In addition to Carbice Space Pad, Carbice Pad is a proven thermal interface material (TIM) delivering stronger surface area cooling performance for the industrial power and data sectors: EV / mobility applications and mission-critical data applications for U.S. national security.
Based in Atlanta, GA, the Carbice Corporation provides the world’s first predictable thermal interface solution that is always consistent and simple to apply in small and large-volume manufacturing environments. Carbice solutions enable superior user experience in Design, Manufacturing, Product Use, and Sustainable Recycling. Carbice delivers the power of aligned carbon nanotubes in Carbice ® Pads, which are tunable in their thermal, electrical, mechanical, and electromagnetic properties for numerous application needs and eliminate pump-out, delamination, and compression set failure modes from interfaces. Carbice solutions are designed to provide predictable interface performance for Space Systems, Airborne, Terrestrial, Battery, Power Modules and Data Center high heat dissipating systems. Carbice technology has set the new standard of performance for interface materials while enabling customers to achieve more cost-effective and faster-to-market solutions for critical system design.
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