TAI's News & Blog

TAI's News Page provides updates on important aerospace, commercial, and research programs using our thermal strap products, and covers other helpful topics including: how to draft strap specifications and SOW's, helping you through the strap design and ordering processes, and notices regarding our new thermal strap catalogs, products and offerings. Come back for more updates on successful customer programs, and news & pictures from TAI and our customers.

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Recent Posts

GPS III Launches with TAI's Graphite Fiber Thermal Straps (GFTS) on Board

Posted by Tyler Link on Wed, Dec 26, 2018 @ 10:11 AM

SpaceX Launches the GPS III SV01 Satellite on December 23, 2018.

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Tags: graphite fiber thermal strap, GFTS Spaceflight Heritage, GPS III

TAI Introduces our Aluminum Foil Thermal Strap (AlTS) Standard and Custom Product Line

Posted by Tyler Link on Tue, Dec 18, 2018 @ 02:54 PM

Pictured: A5-501 AlTS® with Al 6061 Fittings and Al 1100 0.001" Foils (December 2018)

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Tags: Aluminum Foil Thermal Straps, Aluminum Thermal Straps, Solderless Flexible Thermal Links

TAI Delivers GFTS & CuTS to MIT Lincoln Lab for Thermal Strap Evaluation Program; CuFS and X-Series Straps Headed Out Next...

Posted by Tyler Link on Wed, Dec 12, 2018 @ 02:55 PM

...It sure has been busy at TAI this year--and only getting busier as we approach 2019.  In another first, MIT Lincoln Laboratory procured sets of our standard P5-506 and G5-502 Copper and Graphite Fiber Thermal Straps (CuTS® & GFTS®), for an evaluation program to determine the best strap types for future spaceflight programs.

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Tags: thermal straps, copper thermal strap, graphite fiber thermal strap, MIT Lincoln Lab

TAI Delivers Graphite Fiber Thermal Straps (GFTS) to INFN for NASA's IXPE Mission

Posted by Tyler Link on Wed, Dec 12, 2018 @ 11:42 AM

I am happy to announce that TAI recently delivered several spaceflight model (FM) Graphite Fiber Thermal Straps (GFTS®) to Italy's National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), to be incorporated on instruments destined for NASA's Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer  (IXPE) mission, scheduled for launch in 2021. 

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Tags: thermal straps, graphite thermal straps, GFTS Spaceflight Heritage, NASA IXPE Mission

NASA to Live Stream OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Approach on December 3rd  | TAI's CuTS® a Part of Spaceflight History Once Again

Posted by Tyler Link on Fri, Nov 30, 2018 @ 10:20 AM

Artist Rendition of OSIRIS-REx Approach to Bennu. Photo Credit: NASA

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Tags: copper thermal straps,, NASA thermal straps, CuTS Spaceflight Heritage, osiris-rex

TAI Completes the First Gold Plated, Swaged Copper Foil Thermal Strap

Posted by Tyler Link on Tue, Nov 06, 2018 @ 01:48 PM

In a year of records and firsts, I am happy to announce yet another from the TAI team: we have just completedand now offer the industry's firstgold-plated, swaged OFHC copper foil thermal strap (CuFS).  The large prototype unit (pictured below), was manufactured by TAI for an R&D program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Illinois.

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Tags: gold plated thermal straps, Copper Foil Thermal Straps, gold plated copper foil thermal straps

TAI Completes Ultra-Low Stiffness, X-Series® Thermal Strap Development Program for NASA

Posted by Tyler Link on Tue, Oct 30, 2018 @ 03:59 PM

The TAI team is thrilled to announce we have completed a development program for NASA, which focused on providing a passive cooling solution with the lowest allowable stiffness requirement ever applied to a thermal strap/flexible thermal link, in NASA's history.

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Tags: pgs thermal straps, X-Series Thermal Straps, Ultra-Low Stiffness Thermal Straps, NASA Programs

TAI Now Offers Aluminum End Fittings for all our Copper Thermal Strap (CuTS) Products

Posted by Tyler Link on Thu, Oct 18, 2018 @ 01:53 PM

TAI is now happy to offer optional Al 6061 end fittings for all of our custom and standard model Copper Thermal Strap (CuTS®) products.  This new customization offering is in response to customer demand, and a thermal strap program completed earlier this month.

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Tags: copper thermal strap, Aluminum End Fittings for Copper Thermal Straps, CuTS with Al 6061 Fittings

EnMAP Copper Thermal Strap Assemblies Shipping Out - More Great Pictures of DLR's Spaceflight Program Straps

Posted by Tyler Link on Mon, Oct 08, 2018 @ 03:08 PM

Following up on our blog from last week, TAI is now shipping out the EnMAP copper thermal straps, star tracker adapter fittings, and various extension and evaporator plates to OHB and the DLR.  This was a terrific program to work on, with extensive spaceflight qualification requirements. 

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Tags: thermal straps, copper thermal straps,, CuTS Spaceflight Heritage, EnMAP

TAI Delivers Custom CuTS® to NASA JPL for Thermal Vacuum Chamber Program

Posted by Tyler Link on Mon, Oct 08, 2018 @ 02:23 PM

TAI is shipping out our first set of custom Cryocooler Series (CS) Copper Thermal Straps (CuTS®) designed for an Ametek SunPower CryoTel GT cryocooler.  The cryocooler is cooling a new thermal vacuum chamber being designed and installed at NASA JPL.

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Tags: cryocooler thermal straps, ametek cryocooler thermal straps