It really IS rocket science! What's behind them in the photo? It's a space telescope that is part of the NASA Polar NOx sounding rocket mission for which Professor Bailey is the principal investigator. This mission will be powered by VPT's standard product DC-DC converters and is scheduled for launch in February 2011. The Polar NOx mission will measure nitric oxide, thought to be a significant source of ozone destruction, in the upper atmosphere.
Virginia Tech's Space Science Program. VPT has been an active supporter of the VT ECE department for many years and was instrumental in the founding of its space science program by providing the initial funding for the program at inception. Dr. Sable is also past president of the VT ECE department industrial advisory board.
Check It Out In Person. Dr. Dan Sable will continue his lifelong work in the space arena with a presentation on radiation hardened DC-DC converters at the upcoming Space Parts Working Group conference, May 5, in Torrance, California.