For space applications, Enbio has developed a suite of next-generation thermal control coatings - that are inorganic and electrically conductive, and provide extreme stability to radiation and thermal cycling – called SolarBlack, SuperBlack and SolarWhite. SuperBlack and SolarWhite can also be applied to composite substrates.
Originally developed for Solar Orbiter, ESAs landmark mission to study the Sun, these products represent a quantum leap in thermal control coating performance for both inter-planetary and earth orbiting satellites. All Sun facing surfaces of the Solar Orbiter craft will be protected by an Enbio product, including the critical main heatshield. In fact, for a number of applications, both baseline and back-up solutions are Enbio products.
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Thermal space applications of this technology include radiators, waveguides, antenna, reflectors, sensors, solar array yokes, horns, internal panels / enclosures and OSR replacement. Substrates include complex 3D shapes, tubes and foils.
An expanded production unit will come on-stream by mid-2014 to support larger substrates for both Solar Orbiter and space sector requirements. The designed production cells have a 4m x 2.5m x 3m working envelope.
Enbio’s space-focused products are currently at TRL6 and TRL7. FM contracts in 2014.
Using different ‘dopants’ Enbio’s CoBlast technology can also provide enhanced adhesion performance for the joining of dissimilar materials i.e. composites to metals, and can provide enhanced corrosion protection of metals – a replacement ‘green’ alternative to toxic chemical conversion coatings.
Enbio offers a rapid response coupon / prototyping service for client application enquiries.