AVX Corp. recently announced its contribution to the Mars exploration rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, which recently drove onto Martian soil. AVX supplied its CYR20 glass-dielectric capacitors in the rovers' lift mechanism actuator and lander petal actuator circuits. AVX has a long-standing relationship with NASA's space programs and has supplied passive components for many missions over the past 20 years. The fused monolithic construction of the capacitors provides superior electrical performance, environmental immunity, stability and retraceability, making them ideal for critical applications such as space travel. The CYR20 devices are designed to withstand extremely high and low temperatures, as well as exposure to radiation.
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