Precision Coating Company Proven Successful in Space
HUDSON, Mass.—Precision Coating Company, was selected to strategically coat and laminate a suitcase-sized microsatellite that orbits the Earth searching for near-earth asteroids and "space junk" that are difficult to spot using ground-based telescopes.
In addition to coating some components with aerospace-grade white thermal control coating, Precision Coating Company was called upon to assist in the highly meticulous application of a specified laminate to some components comprising NEOSSat's (Near-Earth Object Surveillance Satellite) power generation systems. The laminate laydown necessitated Precision Coating Company to develop a specialized process for its application.
Because the components would be used under a vacuum in deep space, the laminate had to be applied within a clean environment to eliminate the possibility of micro-contamination or air bubbles being trapped underneath; the presence of air bubbles or contaminants would contribute to delamination in outer space.
February, 2014 marked the one-year point since NEOSSat was successfully launched into outer space where it remains guarding Earth. NEOSSat was introduced by Microsat Systems Canada, Inc. (MSCI), prime contractor/systems engineering in the development of the microsatellite for the Canadian Government. According to the Canadian Space Agency, NEOSSat is "Canada's Sentinel in the Sky." The microsatellite orbits the Earth searching for near-earth asteroids and "space junk" that are difficult to spot using ground-based telescopes.
Additionally, NEOSSat's Optics were coated by Precision Coating Company with a specialized black paint. Requirements on the optics were quite stringent—even by space telescope standards, according to company representatives. "We went to Precision Coating Company because we knew that they had the experience and expertise to handle this type of aerospace project," said Adam Latour, MSCI's lead mechanical engineer for the NEOSSat project, in a press release. "There was no defined process for this task, but we were confident that Precision Coating Company could develop one."
Precision Coating Company (www.precisioncoating.com) manufactures and applies custom-developed, high-performance coatings, specializing in the medical, industrial, and aerospace markets. The company is ISO 9001 registered and a licensed applicator of DuPont Teflon®, Whitford® fluoropolymers, 3M, and other popular coatings providing non-stick, heat resistant, conductive, insulative, hydrophobic, and other desirable properties.
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