Foil Insulation Films used by Deep Space Climate Observatory Satellite

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Deep Space Climate Observatory: DSCOVR was launched on February 11, 2015. DSCOVR will fly for 155 days, higher than most satellites, nearly one million miles from earth. It will locate to a position where the gravitational pull from the sun and Earth is essentially in balance, in order to stay within the Earth’s orbit.

DSCOVR will provide critical data for NOAA space weather forecasters to issue timely and accurate warnings of solar storms. Certain storms caused by solar emissions, disrupt our power grid infrastructure, telecommunications systems, and aviation and GPS satellites. DSCOVR is expected to provide an hour or more early warning of solar storms, giving those responsible for maintaining and protecting vulnerable technology the time needed to take appropriate action.

In addition to the space weather instruments, DSCOVR will carry two NASA Earth-observing instruments that gather ozone, aerosol, cloud, and vegetation measurements (EPIC) and changes in the Earth’s radiation budget (NISTAR).

Multi-layer foil insulation was used to protect its critical components from the thermal dangers of space. This high performing reflective insulation is being used to shield the satellite’s propulsion system, the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) system, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology Advanced Radiometer (NISTAR) system.

Astro-Shield, AstroECO and Astro-Therm products from Innovative Energy are made from similar component materials Dunmore Corporation supplied to NOAA. Setting the standard in performance, reliability and durability, the films have a unique combination of electrical, thermal, chemical and mechanical properties that assures that Innovative Energy products set the standard in the reflective insulation industry.

“I’m proud to see thermal insulating metallizing films being used in such an exciting and important application,” said Bob Wadsworth, president of Innovative Energy. “Our clients don’t need protection to the extent of space travel, but their investments are just as critical.”

Follow the mission: http://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/DSCOVR/

Innovative Energy to display astroECO at Metalcon

Metalcon InternationalWe will be displaying astroECO, our leading environmentally-friendly reflective insulation product line, at Metalcon next week so if you’re attending the show be sure to stop by our booth #1508. Joe Dewes, executive director of the Commercial Division, will be on hand to discuss our products and answer any questions. We’ll also be handing out free packets featuring installation guidelines and tips for installing astroECO or AstroShield reflective insulation.

Metalcon International takes place Oct. 9-11 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. We will have all of our building insulation products on display at the show, but astroECO is always the main draw because it is both environmentally-friendly and economically priced.

How Does astroECO Reflective Insulation Work?

astroECO features polyethylene bubble film manufactured from 25 percent recycled material sandwiched between two protective sheets, one or both of which has a metalized aluminum surface. This metalized film blocks 94 percent of radiant heat transfer, dramatically improving thermal performance and energy efficiency while keeping energy costs lower and interior spaces more comfortable. In the summer, astroECO installed in the walls and ceilings of a building will reflect the heat before it can enter. In the winter, astroECO holds the heat in because of the metalized surface’s low emittance.

Radiant heat is one of the three ways that heat is transferred, and it is the primary mode of heat transfer in buildings. It occurs when infrared rays cross air spaces from one surface to another. Whereas mass insulation slows down heat transfer, reflective insulation will stop up to 94 percent of radiant heat transfer, therefore improving overall thermal performance. Other benefits of astroECO reflective insulation products include:

  • Made in the USA
  • Reduced energy consumption and costs
  • Class A/Class 1 flame and smoke rating
  • Thin and lightweight products
  • Easy and safe to install; no special tools or protective clothing required

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