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Surrey NanoSystems' Vantablack coatings are used to suppress stray light in optical systems, and for black body calibration of IR camera systems. The coatings are effective over the UV to near-millimeter (THz) spectral range.
Surrey NanoSystems coats and assembles parts for space instruments at its UK facility.
The space environment presents many significant challenges for optical instrument and camera systems designers due to the high levels of light pollution from the sun, moon and earth. These challenges are compounded by the hostile operating environment and the rigours of launch.
The launch weight of the instrument package and its size are also critical considerations. Reducing the size and weight of a baffle or calibration system is made possible by our coatings' exceptional levels of light absorption from all angles, and their very high emissivity across the IR spectrum.
Technical performance data is available for download at the bottom of this page. For additional information, or to discuss a specific application please email the Technical Team or call direct on +44 1273 515800
December 2015 - First Launch of Vantablack S-VIS into Low Earth Orbit on ISRO PSLV C29
November 2018 - First launch of Vantablack S-VIS to the ISS on an Antares NG10 Rocket from Wallops Island
Side by side view of an Vantablack S-VIS coated baffle next to an uncoated unit.
Baffle Material: 6061-T6 aluminium with a MIL-DTL-5541, Type I, Class III chromate finish applied prior to Vantablack S-VIS coating.
Dec 2015 - ISRO PSLV C29 Launch Preparation
Vantablack S-VIS deployment in ram and wake on the ISS in 2018
Vantablack S-VIS was first launched into a 550km equatorial low earth orbit in 2015. Used on dual star-trackers on a disaster monitoring satellite, the coatings have performed flawlessly. Vantablack S-VIS has now accumulated over 10 years in LEO (wake and zenith) on baffles and calibration systems. Vantablack S-VIS & S-IR have flown on the ISS and have been flight-qualified for blackbody calibration units, complex baffles and spectrometers.
Vantablack coatings significantly improve stray light performance and reduce system complexity. This represents real savings to end users in instrument weight, volume and manufacturing costs
Please contact the technical team for information relating to your design and how we can work together.
Vantablack S-IR is an IR enhanced version of Vantablack S-VIS, with exceptional performance from 3um - 16um.
PDF data covering Optical, thermal and outgassing properties of Vantablack S-VIS/IR for space applications