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Renesas Radiation-Hardened ICs go into Space Onboard Artemis 1 Mission

Written by Stephen Vicinanza

Renesas announced that hundreds of its radiation-hardened (rad-hard) integrated circuits (ICs) go into space onboard the Artemis 1. The total number of ICs included 50 different part numbers and was launched into space on November 16.

Intersil-brand, rad-hard ICs work with battery management systems, the launch abort system, and RS-25 engine control electronics on the Space Launch System (SLS). The SLS propelled the mission into space on the most powerful rocket ever launched.

Artemis 1 carried the Orion capsule, which will circle the moon. Renesas provided the vitally important components for such systems as the controller boards, docking camera system, display and panel electronics, the main flight computer, and power distribution components.

The Intersil-brand ICs are also performing many functions, that require precise execution, like power management systems, and precision signal processing. Artemis 1 is the first in a series of NASA programs to return humans to the moon. A feat that hasn’t been attempted in 50 years. Artemis 1 will deploy CubeSats and other space experiments to run tests on all the critical systems, as well as send test mannequins in the Orion Capsule, to orbit the moon. The Artemis 1 Mission has a turnaround time of 42 days.

Artemis 2 will bring a human crew to space, to orbit the moon in 2024. Artemis 3 will land astronauts on the moon for the first time in 50 years. The crew will include the first woman and person of color to walk on the moon. The Artemis 3 mission will take place in 2025.

The most ambitious program in space history will be to build a space station in lunar orbit and a base on the lunar South Pole.

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The goal of the Artemis Mission is to set in place an infrastructure that can be used to send a human crew to Mars.

“We leverage decades of experience as a deeply trusted space supplier to design and manufacture our Intersil brand rad-hard ICs to withstand the harshest of environments,” said Chris Stephens, Vice President, and General Manager of the HiRel Business Division at Renesas“These devices play a key role in enabling this seminal moment which is capturing the imagination of a new and diverse group of engineers, scientists, and explorers.”

To find out more about Renesas products and its ICs built for space flight see the space products page here.

Renesas | renesas.com

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