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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Thermal System Protects Signals Payload

SprayCool, Liberty Lake, Wash., said its thermal management systems accompanied the recent, first flight of Northrop Grumman's Airborne Signals Intelligence Payload (ASIP) on a U-2 reconnaissance aircraft. The event launched the flight-test phase of ASIP, which is expected to provide enhanced signals intelligence capabilities on both the U-2 and the RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle.

The ASIP sensor detects, identifies and locates radar and other types of electronic and modern communication signals. The ASIP industry team includes Northrop Grumman as prime contractor for the development of the ASIP sensor and the Global Hawk platform; Lockheed Martin, Bethesda, Md., which provides the U-2 aircraft and ground station interface; L-3 Communications, New York, N.Y., which provides the data link; and Raytheon, Waltham, Mass., which provides sensor support and ground station interface.

“SprayCool technology enables ASIP to efficiently operate commercial, off-the-shelf as well as very high-end electronics at high altitudes,” said Jeff Severs, SprayCool president and CEO. “Operation of electronics in stressed, high altitude environments, especially with products installed in unpressurized areas of the aircraft, are beset with very low temperatures and minimal air density. This requires a thermal management solution that supports both heating and cooling of electronics."
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