Space & Technology

Space Applications

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.

Why use our coatings in space?

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

 

Image: ISRO

November 2018 - First launch of Vantablack S-VIS to the ISS on an Antares NG10 Rocket from Wallops Island

 

Image:NASA/Patrick Black

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

 

Image: ISRO

Vantablack S-VIS deployment in ram and wake on the ISS in 2018

 

Image: NASA/AlphaSpace

Space Heritage

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 and its IR-optimised version, Vantablack 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 

Vantablack space qualified coatings have been tested in the following areas:

  • Optical performance (THR, BRDF and TIS)
  • Outgasing
  • Thermal Stability
  • Damp Heat
  • Gamma and Proton radiation
  • PFO through shock and vibration
  • TVAC

Please contact the technical team for information relating to your design and how we can work together.

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Space

Vantablack S-VIS - Space

Vantablack S-VIS - Space

Vantablack S-VIS Space performance data

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Vantablack S-IR Datasheet

Vantablack S-IR Datasheet

Vantablack S-IR is an IR enhanced version of Vantablack S-VIS, with exceptional performance from 3um - 16um.

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Outgassing and BRDF Data

Outgassing and BRDF Data

PDF data covering Optical, thermal and outgassing properties of Vantablack S-VIS for space applications

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Vantablack S-VIS & S-IR MSDS

Vantablack S-VIS & S-IR MSDS

MSDS (Material safety DataSheet) for Vantablack S-VIS & S-IR MSDS in PDF format

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PTB Berlin report on fibre release for Vantablack S-VIS

PTB Berlin report on fibre release for Vantablack S-VIS

Independent research report from PTB Berlin on CNT fiber release from Vantablack, Vantablack S-VIS and NIST CNT coatings.

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Partial Space Qualification of Aligned films

Partial Space Qualification of Aligned films

The partial space qualification of a vertically aligned carbon nanotube coating on aluminium substrates for EO applications

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