By: Nick Gambino
If you consider how much processing power it takes to power a simple laptop or gaming console, you can imagine how much it takes to launch a fully manned spacecraft complete with all the bells and whistles. It’s beyond anything my little brain is capable of grasping.
So if it takes a lot of processing power to get us into space consider this: what happens when your phone or even your desktop computer is constantly on and constantly processing? It gets hot doesn’t it? Because thermal management for space applications is a vital component in making sure space exploration can occur there is now a San Diego based company applying their 30+ years of aerospace engineering know-how to the easier but no less important task of keeping the ever increasing connected world of electronics cooler and safer.
KULR Technology Corporation and its proprietary carbon fiber based thermal management solutions store, conduct, and dissipate waste heat generated by the workings of internal chips and other components. KULR’s technology has proven to be more effective than traditional materials used for cooling such as gels, pads, copper and aluminum.
If heat isn’t properly managed with a proven workable solution this can lead to degraded performance, reliability, and functionality. Not such a hot prospect when you consider the billions of dollars spent on important space programs or storing reams of the world’s critical information in the cloud.
KULR’s technology started in the high performance aerospace industry having worked with major space companies and agencies such as NASA, Boeing, Raytheon, JPL, and others. You can find their thermal management solutions used in the International Space Station, X-51 WaveRider, the Mars Rover, and Mercury Messenger. NASA and other space programs have grand plans for exploring the vast unknown sectors of our and other galaxies. With NASA’s Curiosity currently on Mars and privately owned companies like SpaceX looking to get in on the action, thermal management solutions are a must.
Now just because it works outside of our atmosphere doesn’t mean this innovative technology doesn’t have other applications. It can fit and work in mobile devices, cloud servers, VR platforms, drones, and anything else that requires internal computing to do its job.
In addition to superior thermal conductivity, KULR’s technologies are also lighter weight, require less contact pressure, and offer greater design flexibility and durability compared to traditional based solutions. These key advantages will help put KULR in the unique position to offer their solutions to the masses.
KULR Technology will be at the following seminars and expos over the coming months:
March 20-23, 2017 – International Battery Seminar and Exhibit, Fort Lauderdale, FL
April 24–27, 2017 — Spacecraft Thermal Control Workshop, Manhattan Beach, CA
May 17-18, 2017 – Battery Power 2017, Dallas, TX
May 23-25, 2017– Space Tech Expo, Pasadena, CA
August 9-10, 2017 – Advancements in Thermal Management 2017, Denver, CO
You can find out more about KULR Technology at any one of those events or visit their website at kulrtechnology.com.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nick Gambino is a regular script writer and tech beat reporter for NewsWatch. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and daughter.