Rad-hard satellite embedded computer from Aitech performs maintenance-free for two years on orbit
CHATSWORTH, Calif., 9 Aug. 2011. A radiation-hardened avionics card set from Aitech Defense Systems Inc. in Chatsworth, Calif., has completed two years of maintenance-free operation in orbit aboard the U.S. Air Fore TacSat-3 military reconnaissance satellite that provides real-time data to military commanders in the field. The Aitech rad-hard embedded computing cards are part of TacSat-3's standard satellite bus from the Alliant Techsystems Inc. (ATK) Aerospace Systems segment in Magna, Utah.
TacSat-3, launched in May 2009, has three payloads: the Advanced Responsive Tactically Effective Military Imaging Spectrometer (ARTEMIS) hyperspectral imager, the Ocean Data Telemetry Microsatellite Link, and the Space Avionics Experiment. Since its launch, TacSat-3 has delivered more than 2,100 images and transmits processed data to a ground station within 10 minutes of call up, Aitech officials say.
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