New "Hinge" Tech Used On NASA/JPL Origami Rover
Pioneer Circuits has developed a high-temperature woven fabric “hinge” technology that is compatible with PCB rigid-flex manufacturing. The rigid-flex circuit technology is integrated into a highly reliable, composite structure for NASA/JPL's new PUFFER Micro-Rover bot. It is the first origami micro-rover configuration ever developed.
The PUFFER collapsible microrover is a part of NASA’s “Game Changing Development Program.” It is meant to be a compact rover that rides on board with future space vehicles to land on space bodies such as planets and asteroids for photographs and microanalysis.