||ST8 is a NASA technology demonstration mission within NMP (New Millennium Program) managed by NASA/JPL. In January 2005, NASA selected four teams to develop a suite of advanced technologies, these are:
1) NGU (Next Generation Ultraflex Solar Array System). NGU is being developed by ATK Space Systems (formerly AEC-Able Engineering, Inc., Goleta, CA).
2) SAILMAST developed by AEC-Able Engineering, Inc. The SAILMAST is an ultra-light graphite mast (40 m) intended for potential solar sail propulsion as well as other applications.
3) MLHP (Miniature Loop Heat Pipe Small Spacecraft Thermal Management System). MLHP is being developed by NASA/GSFC. The MLHP can transport large heat loads over long distances with small temperature differences and without external pumping powers to provide precise temperature control and reduce the need for supplemental heaters.
4) DM (Dependable Multiprocessor), developed by Honeywell International, Inc., Clearwater, FLA. The DM will provide high rate onboard processing for science data and autonomous control functions using a COTS (Commercial-Off-The-Shelf) electronics package. Note: DM was formerly known as EAFTC (Environmentally Adaptive Fault Tolerant Computing System).