AVX Corporation supplied the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft, currently studying Saturn and its moons, with its CYR10 and CYR15 multilayer glass dielectric capacitors. The ultrastable glass capacitors were used in communication and control of the Cassini spacecraft when it recently landed on Titan, one of Saturn's moons.
AVX has a long-standing relationship with NASA’s space programs and has supplied passive components for many missions over the past 50 years.
NASA reported that the Huygens probe detached flawlessly from the Cassini spacecraft on Dec. 25, 2004. AVX capacitors facilitated the separation and allowed the probe to begin a 21-day trip to the surface of Titan. On Huygens descent to the surface floor, the CYR10 capacitors enabled Huygens’ central computers to “wake up,” to take readings and measurements of Titan’s atmosphere and images of the surface.
The fused-monolithic construction of the glass dielectric capacitors provide high Q and a low dissipation factor that changes little with frequency and temperature excursions. This, coupled with a low, retraceable, extended-range temperature coefficient ensures stable, reliable and repeatable electrical performance, regardless of the capacitors environment. All AVX glass capacitors exhibit zero piezoelectric noise and have zero voltage coefficient regardless of age or style.