Lunar Dust Tolerant Connector

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connectorThe lunar dust tolerant connector was developed to support the connection of different components involved in lunar surface operations for a potential permanent outpost on the moon. The unique environment – the vacuum of space, the magnetic, highly abrasive properties of the fine lunar dust, the freezing temperatures – presents a unique challenge for an electrical connector. I was involved in the design of the connector and led the test effort to characterize the performance of the concept in a custom built vacuum chamber. This design won a NASA Tech Briefs award and was granted U.S. Patent 8,011,941. [NASA Tech Brief] [patent]

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