Space Week: Did You Know... API's Products are Used on the International Space Station?

by Jaymie Murray 12. December 2014 15:36

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Space Week: Did You Know... API's Products are Used on Planetary Discovery Missions?

by Jaymie Murray 12. December 2014 13:25

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Space Week: Did You Know... API's Products Help the World Communicate?

by Jaymie Murray 12. December 2014 09:32

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Space Week: Space Dangers and How API Mitigates Them

by Jaymie Murray 11. December 2014 09:27

Space is a less than hospitable place, and products used in space applications must be made to withstand extreme conditions. Radiation, severe temperature fluctuations, and storms of micrometeors and man-made debris are just a few of the dangers that exist in space. That is why API's RF/microwave and microelectronics products are space-qualified and tested to MIL-PRF-38534 Class K standards, ensuring high-reliability in mission-critical situations.  

To learn more about our space qualified products and capabilities, visit micro.apitech.com/space-products or contact us to speak to an engineer.

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Space Week: RF/Microwave Component Applications in Satellites

by Molly Weis 10. December 2014 09:29

API designs and manufactures a wide range of RF/Microwave components made specifically to operate in the harsh conditions of space. Our products can be found in numerous space systems, launch vehicles, associated support networks, and satellites used for commercial communications and government programs. API has provided mission-critical, high reliability components for satellite programs for Sirius Radio, Direct TV, Olympus, Intelsat, and SkyNet, plus many more. As shown in this graphic, our products can be found in all of the most essential satellite systems, from cameras to batteries to antennas. 

Learn more about API's satellite applications or contact us.  

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Space Week | API’s New Rad-Hard Power Conversion & Control Products: Q & A with Alan Tasker, Senior Design Engineer

by Jaymie Murray 9. December 2014 09:48

API Technologies designs and manufactures a wide range of space-qualified, rad-hard linear regulators offering quiet, linear voltage regulation with stabilities over the full temperature range approaching that of a very stable voltage reference. In this Q & A, Alan Tasker, Senior Design Engineer, discusses the benefits and features of these products, and the different models available. 

Q:  API recently launched new radiation hardened (rad-hard) power conversion & control products, including the APPREG Positive Voltage Regulator, the APPREG2 Positive Voltage Regulator with enable/disable capability, and the APNREG Negative Voltage Regulator. What makes these new products unique?

A: API is the first to offer these types of products as hybrids, so these are a completely new offering to the market. These products are available in three different models, giving engineers a range of options to best suit their individual needs. The basic model has a variable voltage range of 1.25 to 37, while the stable model has a range of 7.5 to 37 across the temperature range. The fixed model offers the most stability and is already trimmed to an exact voltage. They are available in 7.5, 10, or 15 volt designs.

Q: What new features are being introduced with these new products?

A: Each design is available with or without a voltage limit circuit. This functionality comes into play if a remote sense connection is broken. API is the only company offering full remote sense functionality with our power conversion and control products.  If the remote sense connection is severed, the optional resistor limits a rise in output voltage.

Q:  Who are some of the end users of these products, and in what applications can they be found?

A: These particular products are made specifically for the extreme radiation and temperature cycling found in space. They are MIL-PRF-38534 Class K compliant, which means that they meet the stringent requirements for government space, military, and aerospace programs. API’s rad-hard power conversion and control products can also be used for commercial applications such as communications satellites.

To learn more information, contact an engineer or request a quote

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Space Week: API's Space Capabilities

by Jaymie Murray 8. December 2014 09:31

Over the past 40 years, API Technologies has been involved in several major space programs, providing RF/microwave and hybrid components, microwave semiconductors and microelectronic assemblies for a variety of commercial communications satellites, deep space, scientific missions, and launch/reentry vehicles. This includes NASA's recent successful Orion Launch and the groundbreaking Mars Curiosity Rover program. To meet the stringent requirements needed for involvement in these programs, API has two facilities which have received MIL-PRF-38534 Class K certification. Only 15 facilities worldwide have earned this coveted distinction, and API has two of them. 

Explore the infographic below to learn more about API's range of space offerings, our products, and some of the programs we have been involved with over the last four decades. 

To learn more about our space qualified products and capabilities, visit micro.apitech.com/space-products or contact us to speak to an engineer.

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