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Over the years, JPL staff have played key roles in the characterization, development and application of advanced multi-discipline technologies involving cryogenics, precision mechanisms, microdynamic environments, advanced thermal and aerodynamic concepts, and terrestrial photovoltaics. This site documents legacy work carried out in these areas between 1975 and 2005, and in the cooler area between 1990 and 2016.

Key areas of focus include:
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Cryocooler development and characterization (1990 to 2016)
Orange BulletInstrument cryogenic and thermal design (1990 to 2005)
Orange BulletHeat switch and heat pipe application and characterization (1998 to 2000)
Orange BulletBalloon and ballute aerobot development (1998 to 2003)
Orange BulletInflatable rover development (1998 to 2000)
Orange BulletMicrodynamic modeling, characterization, and flight experiments (1998 to 2000)
Orange BulletTerrestrial Photovoltaic Engineering Sceinces and Reliability (1975 to 1990)


The JPL activities and accomplishments are detailed in the areas associated with the six topical tabs and photos at the top of this page. Each linked area provides an overview of its technical focus, a summary of accomplishments, and key publications.

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