This paper presents an overview of the current technology development activities of the MEMS Technology Group at JPL> The group, in collaboration with other research groups at JPL and outside institutions, pursues the development of a wide range of MEMS/NEMS technologies that are primarily applicable to NASA's needs in the area of robotic planetary exploration. The broad classes of technologies being developed include inertial guidance devices, micro- propulsion devices, and adaptive optics for telescope applications, micro-instruments and nano-mechanical resonator devices. End-to-end prototype development of these MEMS/NEMS technologies is conducted at JPL's state-of-the- art Microdevices Laboratory. The group is also pursuing the establishment of a rapid, space-testing program in collaboration with the Aerospace Corporation, in an effort to overcome the traditional barriers to the insertion of new technologies into space missions.
Thomas George, Thomas George,
"MEMS/NEMS development for space applications at NASA/JPL", Proc. SPIE 4755, Design, Test, Integration, and Packaging of MEMS/MOEMS 2002, (19 April 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.462856; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.462856