They have been integrated into the rover to fasten its interior and exterior conduit and components, and to secure research and lab equipment.
Found in buildings, subways, the deepest oceans and even outer space, ABB’s Ty-Rap cable ties are designed to withstand the demands of space flight and resist corrosion and radiation in the most extreme environments.
“Similar to how standard cable ties are a practical solution for use around the home to organize everything from indoor cords to outdoor lights, high-performance Ty-Rap cable ties connect and secure the rover’s wires and equipment,” notes ABB Installation Products president Matthias Heilmann.
“For nearly 50 years, these Ty-Rap cable ties have performed in the most intense conditions on earth and protected components from high impact elements and radical temperature changes in previous space expeditions.”
The cable ties’ versatility will come in handy when the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover starts exploring the Red Planet in total.
ABB has been providing products to NASA space program since 1973. The Ty-Rap cable ties are in continued use on the still active NASA Curiosity rover; it were previously used on the twin Spirit and Opportunity rovers.
Originally patented in 1958, standard Ty-Rap cable ties became known for their ‘Grip of Steel’ locking device in business and household use.
Since then, nearly 30 billion Ty-Rap cable ties have been produced, that when laid end-to-end, could stretch to the Moon and back more than a dozen times.
Image and content: NASA, JPL-Caltech/ABB