On June 18th, 2018 President Trump made an announcement that he is directing the Department of Defense to create a new sixth branch of the military that will be called “The Space Force.” The President also gave directives to the Department of Defense to begin modernizing the methods of tracking objects in orbit. The big announcement has great implications for increase in demand for thermoelectric technology in the space industry.
"I am hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces," Trump announced during a meeting of the National Space Council in Washington D.C.
The President originally proposed the idea back in March of 2018, when he was speaking to the service members at the Marine Corp Air Station Miramar in San Diego. Whether or not this will actually be implemented very soon remains to be seen. However, the creation of a “Space Force” can have great implications for the air space, technology and industrial companies that produce the tech behind space exploration and orbit missions.
Today, spacecraft and high performance equipment for space operations already use thermoelectric technology, especially thermoelectric coolers for operating in extreme temperature environments ranging from -110°C to 85°C. The new demand from the “Space Force” could help grow this industry even more, opening up possibilities for new uses and applications of thermoelectric technology in space. II-VI Marlow’s thermoelectric products are already extensively used in space in the Hubble Space Telescope, the International Space Station, the Curiosity Mars Rover and other defense, meteorological, atmospheric and scientific satellites.
The applications for thermoelectric coolers in space include: visible detector cooling, CCD cooling, UV detector cooling, radiation shield cooler, laser interferometers, flight suit temperature regulation, battery replacement technology and much more. Learn more about II-VI Marlow’s products and solutions for the Aerospace and Defense industries. As a supplier to U.S. and international defense and space agencies for more than 35 years, II-VI Marlow offers a seasoned team of engineers and scientists who develop superior quality solutions, tested and qualified to defense/space requirements.
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