ROCKLEDGE, FL – April 25th, 2012 – Mainstream Engineering Corporation, a 25-year research and manufacturing company, has been awarded a contract from NASA to develop a miniature thermal control system for space-based experiments.
A significant challenge faced by space-bound experiment packages is the need for a controlled environment while the payload is awaiting launch or is in transit to the International Space Station (ISS). Before being loaded on the ISS, experiments that contain perishable materials and specimens can be compromised due to the conditions of the surrounding environment. To address this challenge, NASA is seeking flight qualified, environmentally conditioned transportation systems capable of sustaining and extending the life of these experiments.
Mainstream has developed an advanced active thermal control system that automatically provides heating or cooling to maintain a pre-determined set-point temperature through the storage and transport of the space flight experimental packages during transport to the spacecraft prior to launch.
The benefits of this advanced technology extend well beyond experiments in space and will benefit a wide range of thermal control applications, including compact electronics cooling and thermally controlled shipping containers.
Mainstream Engineering has a history of leading-edge research and development that has resulted in advanced, lean-manufacturing, cost-competitive products, which are all proudly made in the USA.
About Mainstream Engineering Corporation
Mainstream Engineering Corporation is a solutions-oriented research, development and manufacturing business founded in 1986. Our primary mission is to transition advanced thermal control, energy storage and energy conversion technology into high-quality, cost-effective, environmentally safe, green, commercial products. Products include lightweight diesel/JP8-fueled engines (including generators and hybrid vehicle drive trains), advanced thermal control units, advanced biomass conversion technologies, refrigerators/freezers for shipping containers and the QwikProduct™ line of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) products. Areas of advanced research include thermal control, energy conversion, engine and emissions research, turbomachinery, chemical technology and materials science.