Space

Proven expertise to enable the New Space Economy.

Space. For many decades, there has been only privileged access – few companies producing large and expensive platforms and satellites. Times have changed. Space has become less far away. There has been a shift in the balance of power.

For 40 years, Mercury has been doing exactly what is needed on Earth and in space. We invest to create open, highly differentiated capabilities from chip scale to system scale, making trusted, high-performance commercial technology affordable and secure.

Our unique role in high tech means we’re ready for what’s next.

“Space is no longer the final frontier, it’s our next frontier, where open platforms and connectivity will determine performance and success. Mercury’s history of working with our commercial partners to make trusted, secure and innovative solutions for aerospace and defense positions us to deliver what’s next for tomorrow’s space operations.”

Mark Aslett, President & CEO

Building the bridge to the future with a storied past.

Having developed RapidIO, the industry standard for communication interconnects in spacecraft, and founded the OpenVPX architecture, the physical baseline for the new SpaceVPX standard, Mercury is committed to supporting open solutions for the extreme space environment.

Whether your application demands space-qualified capabilities, RF components or microelectronics, Mercury has the design, manufacturing and testing expertise to deliver mission success.

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PEMs in space

Discover what’s making plastic encapsulated microcircuits an
attractive lower-cost option for the New Space Economy.

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How to address trust and security when your technology is 1,200 miles away

Making sure your systems are running securely and safely is much easier when they are within arm’s reach. The increase in space programs and missions raises the question: How do you ensure trust and security in your electronics when they are orbiting the Earth, exposed to extreme environmental conditions? Mercury has an answer for that.

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Mercury and NASA manufacture high-performance optical fibers in microgravity

Is space the manufacturing destination of the future? NASA hypothesized in the 1970s that fiber-optic production in zero gravity could significantly improve the performance of the resulting glass. With prototypes aboard NASA’s International Space Station, Mercury is working to prove this hypothesis and reach a factor of 10× improvement in attenuation.

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Processing at chip scale is fueling more affordable space systems

New capabilities in orbit are heightening interest and opportunities in LEO space programs. Two very different technologies are increasing the affordability of these programs, positioning the New Space Economy well to decrease costs and opening the doors to a host of new applications.

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Mercury + NASA

Forecasting the effect of mineral dust on Earth’s atmosphere.

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SPACE-QUALIFIED PRODUCTS

Space-Qualified Microwave Components

Space-Qualified Microwave Components

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Radiation-Tolerant Storage

Radiation-Tolerant Storage

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Case Study: NASA manufactures ZBLAN optical fibers in space

Learn more on Mercury and NASA manufacturing high-performance ZBLAN optical fibers in space aboard...

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White Paper: Protecting Satellite Image Integrity from Radiation

Today's space imaging systems require radiation-tolerant NAND flash components with advanced error...

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Case Study: Mercury Supplies SSDR for NASA's JPL EMIT Science Mission

JPL required a reliable, rad-tolerant storage device with large storage capacity. Mercury delivered...

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Press: Mercury’s Solid-State Data Recorders (SSDRs) Headed to Space

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory selects Mercury technology for critical science mission

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