[sdiy] CA3080 has gone where noone has ever been

Jay Schwichtenberg jschwich53 at comcast.net
Thu Apr 8 22:56:37 CEST 2021


A lot of people (and it surprised me when I found out) don't know that 
SMT was used in the 60's for the Saturn V electronics that got people to 
the moon.

There are YouTube videos you can look up on this.

Jay S.


On 4/8/2021 3:49 AM, Spiros Makris via Synth-diy wrote:
> What if I told you that CA3080 has been to space?
> I was going through various documents of the MAVEN mission I found on 
> an FTP server online and what do you know, the part that made history 
> in the synth world was used and flown all the way to Mars, and even 
> entered its atmosphere.
> image.png
> Unsurprisingly, it is among the few non-qualified parts on the list 
> and the cheapest, at $1.80
> I peaked at the schematics and they used it for signal conditioning 
> before an ADC (peak detection I think).
> A whole new level of flex by one of the most influential ICs of Synth 
> history!
>
> MAVEN was launched on 2013 and has been operational, orbiting Mars 
> until today. It's primary mission is to study the upper martian 
> atmosphere.
>
>
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