VORAGO Technologies has expanded the flight heritage of their VA10820 microcontroller with the launch of the TechEdSat-8 smallsat.
The VA10820 MCU is used in the smallsat's power management system and brings the programmability of an ARM© Cortex©-M0 CPU with high-performance integrated peripherals and the radiation environment performance of HARDSIL® processing.
TechEdSat-8 (Technical and Educational Satellite 8) was developed by San Jose State University and University of Idaho with NASA Ames Research Center. This smallsat is a technology demonstration platform that includes a high temperature exo-brake and ablation device.The satellite was launched on the CRS-16 cargo supply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on December 4 aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The satellite will be jettisoned from the ISS for operation in LEO.
Bernd Lienhard, CEO of VORAGO Technologies, stated the company is delighted to see yet another small satellite enabled by VORAGO Technologies. Affordable radiation-hardened components such as the VA10820 microcontroller are an important ingredient in the success of small satellite missions.