National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Benefits

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Spacecraft

Spacecraft

Spacecraft with high temperature, radiation hard silicon carbide electronics will enable challenging missions in both the inner and outer solar system. Compact and lightweight silicon carbide high efficiency power electronics will additionally reduce spacecraft launch weights and increase satellite functional capacities.
Aircraft

Aircraft

Silicon carbide electronics and sensors that could function mounted in hot engine and aerosurface areas of advanced aircraft would enable substantial weight savings, increased jet engine performance, and increased reliability.
Power

Power

Superior silicon carbide power electronics will increase the efficiency and reliability of the public electric power distribution system, and will prove vital to the increasing use of renewable solar and wind power resources.
Automotive

Automotive

Silicon carbide will enable more practical electric vehicles and other tranportation systems by means of vastly improved power electronics. Silicon carbide high temperature electronic sensors and controls on conventional automobile engines will also enable cleaner burning, more fuel efficient cars.
Energy Production

Energy Production

As energy production demands continue to drive drilling towards greater depths and faster drilling rates, drill-head operating temperatures are expected to rise beyond the operational limits of silicon. SiC sensors and circuits are expected to enable critical telemetry capability at drill-head temperatures greater than 300 C expected in future drilling of energy production wells.
Communications

Communications

Silicon carbide based microwave electronics can function at large power densities and high temperatures offering significant improvements to wireless communications and radar.