ROCHESTER, N.Y., June 26, 2018 — For more than 28 years, NASA’s Space Hubble Telescope has been capturing spectacular images of our universe and sending them back to Earth. In 1999, a critical repair mission was launched to replace part of the telescope’s computer system. Up to 20 times faster than its predecessor, the updated computer’s power supply contains over 37 of Ohmcraft’s high-voltage precision resistors—which, to this day, remain vital to the telescope’s operation.
NASA has previously turned to Ohmcraft’s reliable, custom resistors for missions such as that of the Juno Spacecraft and Curiosity, the rover on Mars. Ohmcraft premium resistors are often used for their lasting endurance, reliability, and stability, which are all critical components when it comes to space applications.
“As required by NASA, the resistors used in this mission underwent vigorous testing to ensure they would continue to perform long-term in the harsh environment of space,” said Eric Van Wormer, Vice President of the Ohmcraft division of Micropen Technologies. “We’ve worked on several different aerospace projects for NASA in the past, and we are proud to have played a role in this incredible scientific journey.”
Since its launch in 1990, the Hubble Telescope has recorded over 1.3 million observations from space. Its images have helped further scientists’ understanding of phenomenon’s such as stars, black holes, and previously unexplored planets. The telescope is also credited with the discovery of four of Pluto’s five moons.
Ohmcraft’s technology utilizes the proprietary Micropen electronic printing system to print precise, narrow, serpentine lines with resistive ink on a ceramic substrate, producing higher performance resistors that can withstand high voltages.
Ohmcraft’s thick-film resistors are engineered to meet application specific needs. Our proprietary Micropen printing technology is the foundation for Ohmcraft’s family of resistor products. Ohmcraft precision resistors are manufactured with our patented Micropen® technology to create a unique serpentine design that withstands voltages up to 100kV and provides an unmatched level of performance and stability. For more information, visit Ohmcraft.com.