Electron Energy Corp. (EEC; http://rbi.ims.ca/3849-539) has been awarded a NASA contract to study the effects of radiation and thermal stability of samarium cobalt (SmCo) high-temperature permanent magnets for space power generation and for ion propulsion thrusters. Previous SmCo magnets designed and manufactured by EEC were used in NASA's Deep Space 1 Ion Engine launched in 1998. Future commercial, land-based applications may include sensors, instrumentation, generators, actuators, vacuum, medical, and semiconductor processing.
George Leopold's talk at last week's Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis helped restore astronaut and engineer Gus Grissom's role in the beginnings of NASA, and outlined how Grissom played a pivotal role in winning the Space Race.
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