Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Manatee Company's Sister Firms Helped Juno's Trip

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Manatee Company's Sister Firms Helped Juno's Trip

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JOURNEY TO JUPITER

Southwest Florida has at least a tangential connection with NASA's history-making Juno spacecraft, which entered the orbit of our solar system's largest planet this week.

Manatee County's Radiant Technologies, which is owned by the Miami-based flight support company Heico Corp., has two sister subsidiaries that worked on the craft that promises to bring us more information than ever about the gas giant Jupiter. (Radiant makes emergency power supplies, sensors and instruments for the aerospace market).

Heico's Georgetown, Texas-based Sierra Microwave Technology provided the "Transmit Protect Electronics" for Juno's telecommunications subsystem. The company's technology protected the transmitter, which must switch between several different antennae of varying gain, from damage during Juno's entry into Jupiter's orbit. The telecommunications system provides command uplink and engineering telemetry, as well as science data downlink, for the entire post-launch, cruise and Jupiter orbital operations. …

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