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Microelectronics in Space Research
RESEARCH TRIANGLE INST RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK NC
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The challenge of space research is requiring an expansion of skills in a variety of technologies. The many useful results which emanate from this effort are often obscured by the more glamorous program results and by the usual communication difficulties between working engineers. An additional problem is that of evaluating particular developments. In this report, an attempt is made to gather together activities in microelectronics from the space research effort, to describe the results in terms which may indicate their usefulness to other fields, and to place them in perspective with other developments in microelectronics. While these objectives have not been completely attained, the material herein should be useful and interesting to a variety of people. Microelectronics is descriptive of those technologies by which electronic circuit functions are fabricated in small solid structures these can be both reliable and inexpensive. The availability of microelectronic devices allows the electronics engineer to implement many missions which otherwise would not be feasible or which would be done less efficiently. Nowhere will microelectronics have a greater impact than in space research.
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