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.

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

TAI Provides Copper Thermal Straps for Star Trackers on DLR's EnMAP Mission

Posted by Tyler Link on Thu, Oct 04, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

TAI is proud to announce we have concluded testing on the copper thermal straps, adapter rings and evaporator plates being delivered to OHB* for the DLR's EnMAP mission.  This set of custom strap assemblies was designed by our team to cool the three star tracker systems mounted on EnMAP, and is our second delivery to the program (in 2015, TAI provided Kayser-Threde with prototype and spaceflight model (FM) Graphite Fiber Thermal Straps for another optical component on the craft).

*Work completed for OHB Systems AG, prime contractor for EnMAP who is under contract to the German Space Agency DLR with funding from the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie) under reference number 50 EP 0801.

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

TAI Shipping out Order of Cryocooler Thermal Straps to Janis

Posted by Tyler Link on Fri, Sep 28, 2018 @ 03:33 PM

TAI is shipping out another order to Janis Research Company today.  These Stage 1 Cryocooler Thermal Straps (pictured above), along with another set of smaller straps for the 2nd Stage (not pictured), and a batch of custom cryocooler thermal straps (pictured below), are yet another example of our high quality, and design & fabrication capabilities, and the great work our Design and Manufacturing Teams are doing everyday.  

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Tags: thermal straps, copper thermal straps,, cryocooler thermal straps, cryocooler thermal links, 1st Stage Cryocooler Thermal Straps

TAI Releases the 2018 X-Series™ Thermal Strap Catalog

Posted by Tyler Link on Fri, Jul 13, 2018 @ 09:35 AM

I am proud to announce the release of the 2018 X-Series Catalog! Our latest catalog features the X-Series standard line; straps made with your choice of Pyrolytic Graphite Sheet (PGS), or our high conductance Graphene Foils (our PGL and GTL product lines).  The X-Series is the world's only standard model thermal strap product line made with graphite and graphene sheets/foils, and the carbon based sheets used offer the highest material thermal conductivity in the industry. X-Series Thermal Links / Straps are available in 6 standard models, with 2 semi-customizable end fitting types (in addition to our free bolt pattern and sheet length customization).

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Tags: graphene thermal straps, pgs thermal straps, 2018 X-Series Catalog, Graphene Foil Thermal Links, Graphene Foil Thermal Straps