Why did space expeditions begin

Cables and components for space exploration

The rover of NASA's Mars mission Perseverance relies on the most advanced technology in the world to explore its new planetary home. At the same time, the rover, which landed on Mars on February 18, 2021, is equipped with Ty-Rap ™ cable ties from ABB, which are also used all over the world.

ABB's Ty-Rap cable ties can be found in buildings, subways, in the depths of the oceans and in space. They are manufactured in such a way that they can withstand the high loads of space travel and are protected against corrosion and radiation even in extreme environments. To secure the rover's internal and external plumbing and components and secure research and laboratory equipment, NASA installed the same Ty-Rap cable ties that are used in commercial applications around the world.

"Just as standard cable ties in the house help to secure everything from indoor cables to outdoor lights, the high-performance Ty-Rap products also reliably connect and secure the rover's wires and equipment," said Matthias Heilmann, Head of ABB Installation Products "For almost 50 years, the Ty-Rap cable ties have proven themselves under the most adverse conditions on earth and have protected components from strong vibrations and extreme temperature fluctuations during earlier space expeditions."

The division, now known as ABB Installation Products, has been supplying the space program since 1973. Ty-Rap cable ties are still used on the current NASA rover Curiosity and were previously used on the twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity. Originally patented in 1958, the standard Ty-Rap cable ties, known for their Grip of Steel ™ locking device, were used in the commercial and household sectors. Since then, almost 30 billion Ty-Rap cable ties have been produced - when placed next to one another, this corresponds to a distance that extends more than a dozen times to the moon and back.

The Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Mission is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, a long-term robotic exploration initiative of the Red Planet. The mission addresses important scientific issues related to the exploration of Mars, including the potential for life on Mars.

ABB has a longstanding partnership with NASA, which began supplying optical sensors for experiments on the space shuttle more than 30 years ago. In November 2020, the company announced it had signed a contract with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. As part of this agreement, key technologies from ABB and its partner Nüvü Camēras will be used on board the space telescope in 2025 to capture the first space images of planets outside our solar system while en route. ABB is also supplying key technology for NASA's JPSS weather satellites. These weather satellites represent a significant part of the US space missions.

The Installation Products division of ABB, formerly Thomas & Betts, is part of the electrification division and a global leader in the development, manufacture and marketing of products for the connection, protection and distribution of electrical energy in industry, construction and at Utilities are used. With more than 200,000 products under more than 38 premium brand names, solutions from ABB Installation Products are in demand wherever electricity is used.

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