Self-Healing Transistors Developed For NASA’s New Starships

Posted: Dec 7 2016, 11:29am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

Self-Healing Transistors Developed for NASA’s New Starships
Alpha Centauri A and Alpha Centauir B, form part of the closest star system to our own. Photo: ESA/NASA
  • Self-Healing Transistors will be a Part of NASA’s new Start ships
 

The new transistors will be used in Chipscale Starships

NASA is working with Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in order to develop new technology for space crafts. They are working on a single silicon chip that will be self-healing in nature.

On Wednesday, in International Electron Devices Meeting in San Francisco, the new technology will be presented by NASA.

This technology of NASA’s Dong-II Moon will present this new technology that is supposed to make survival for a spacecraft much easier than ever. The company will aim to produce technology that will make sure that the spacecraft survives the intense radiations on the way to space travel. 

According to the new research done by NASA, a silicon chip used in the spacecraft will be able to travel in space with one-fifth of the speed of light. Thus it will be easier for the spacecraft to reach the nearest star in minimum time as compared to these days.

The spacecraft will be able to reach a nearest star in 20 years only that can take long with current technology. This speed is one hundred times faster than the current conventional spacecraft is able to offer. 

However 20 years is a smaller time frame to reach stars, but this time is a lot for an ordinary silicon ship. The reason behind is that a silicon chip can damage its self-due to excessive hat and radiation. This is the reason NASA is offering self-healing chips for space crafts. 

NASA is going to use transistors that are made by KAIST and have a special mechanism that lets them to pass a limited amount of current via a nanowire. These chips will be produced by the year 2020 and it is assumed that after that these will be used in space crafts. 

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