MEMS micro-valve for space applications

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  • Author: I. Chakraborty, W.C. Tang, D.P. Bame, T.K. Tang
Micro-electro-mechanical systems MEMS have always had huge potential applications for space. Any reduction in mass or power required for a space instrument or subsystem results in an exponential savings for launch cost as well as a significant increase in mission lifetime. It is a cry for MEMS if ever there was one. Unfortunately, no NASA project engineer will embrace a smaller subsystem if it means a sacrifice of performance, and certain aspects of MEMS have yet to rise to the occasion.
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