Microelectronic Hybrid, Hermetically Sealed, PRU, DSCS

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Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

This is a microelectronic hybrid designed for the power regulation system of a Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) spacecraft.

Inside the casing is a sequence of conducting and nonconducting layers arrnaged on top of an alumina wafer. The topmost layer contains the critical electronic components; sublayers provide additional pathways for connecting the devices on the top layer. The completed hybrid is an ingenious puzzle in which tens of chips and devices are integrated through hundreds connections.

This artifact is flight ready equipment, hermetically sealed to protect the electronics inside.

This design represented the state of the art in miniaturization for such hybrids as of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Lockheed Martin donated this artifact to the Museum in 1998.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number

A19980315000

Credit Line

Gift of Lockheed Martin

Country of Origin

United States of America

Materials

Overall: Alumina, gold, aluminum, glass, copper, plastic, steel, ink, paper, adhesive

Dimensions

Overall: 3/8in. x 1 1/4in. x 1 1/4in. (1 x 3.2 x 3.2cm)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Type

EQUIPMENT-Electronics

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