Graphite Thermal Straps - NASA IXPE Mission

TAI Delivers More Spaceflight Model Graphite Fiber Thermal Straps (GFTS) to NASA's IXPE Mission

I just wanted to share this pic of the next set of FM GFTS®/TEC hybrid thermal straps out for NASA's IXPE Mission:

Graphite Thermal Straps - NASA IXPE Mission

TAI is happy to be a supplier to multiple aerospace organizations in both the United States and Europe, on the IXPE Mission.  More pictures of our GFTS® products going to INFN and our other IXPE customers are coming later this summer!


NASA's IXPE Mission

The Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) exploits the polarization state of light from astrophysical sources to provide insight into our understanding of X-ray production in objects such as neutron stars and pulsar wind nebulae, as well as stellar and supermassive black holes. Technical and science objectives include:

  • improving polarization sensitivity by two orders of magnitude over the X-ray polarimeter aboard the Orbiting Solar Observatory OSO-8(scientists see HEASARC: Observatories),
  • providing simultaneous spectral, spatial, and temporal measurements,
  • determining the geometry and the emission mechanism of Active Galactic Nuclei and microquasars,
  • finding the magnetic field configuration in magnetars and determining the magnitude of the field,
  • finding the mechanism for X ray production in pulsars (both isolated and accreting) and the geometry,
  • determining how particles are accelerated in Pulsar Wind Nebulae.

cenaThis image from the Chandra X-ray Observatory, shows a jet emanating from the central, supermassive black hole of Centaurus A. The colors in this image represent the energy of the detected X rays, with red for low, green for middle, and blue representing high-energy X rays. Astrophysical objects like this one, are good candidates for observations of polarization that will give us information about the object's magnetic field and its configuration. For more information on this image, you may visit the Chandra X-ray Observatory's website.

Content Credit: NASA


We are thrilled that our GFTS® products are a part of spaceflight history once again, and would like to thank NASA and INFN for the opportunity.  Here's to 2021!


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