Ohmcraft designs custom precision resistors for ESA Jupiter mission

Ohmcraft has announced it is designing custom resistors to be used in the construction of the European Space Agency´s (ESA) Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer spacecraft, the company said.

ESA has selected 11 instruments from science and engineering teams from companies in Europe, Japan and the US.

Scheduled to launch in June 2022, Jupiter Icy Moons will travel for more than seven years to reach Jupiter, then will spend at least three years making detailed observations of the planet and three of its largest moons–Ganymede, Callisto, and Europa.

The spacecraft´s UV Imaging Spectograph (UVS) instrument will utilize six custom high voltage resistors from Ohmcraft. The UVS will examine the atmosphere, magnetosphere, satellites, and rings surrounding Jupiter´s moons. The instrument operates in the wavelength range of 55-210 nanometers with a spectral resolution of <0.6 nanometers. It will reach a resolution of 0.5 kilometers (0.3 miles) observing Ganymede, and up to 250 kilometers (155.3 miles) observing Jupiter. Ohmcraft´s thick-film, surface mount resistors are engineered to meet application specific needs.