In parallel to its thermal switch product line for satellites, APR Technologies starts a new development based on its patented Electrohydrodynamic (EHD) technology. APR Technologies has been granted MSEK 1.1 from Swedish National Space Agency and will develop a pumped loop enabling efficient and reliable thermal control of various spacecraft including rovers to Mars and the Moon. Such vehicles need pumps with fast reaction time driven by the sudden shift of thermal environment depending on the orientation towards the sun during the day and very cold nights. Another application is cooling of satellite radars which dissipate a lot of power in their active antennas.
Several nations including the US and in Europe have ambitious new programs for continued exploration of Mars and return to the Moon. Satellite based radar sensors are more and more demanded for various applications for which optical observation is not adequate or possible due to for instance clouds. The APR EHD technology offers advantages such as power efficiency, instant and continuous thermal regulation, long lifetime and vibration-free thanks to a solution with no moving mechanical part.
About APR Technologies AB
The company was founded in 2011 and is a global supplier of leading edge products for thermal management on spacecrafts, airplanes and automotive systems. The headquarters is located in the town of Enköping, Sweden, one hour drive from Arlanda airport and the Swedish capital Stockholm. APR Technologies United States partner is located in Seattle, Washington.