Panasonic has embarked on a joint research project on ultra-light EMC shielding material technology with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, National Research and Development Agency (JAXA). The goal is to reduce the weight of satellites through wireless in-flight communication. This requires advanced electromagnetic shielding technology to ensure electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). Electric aircraft with lower environmental impact, such as drones and eVTOL that fly near the ground, would also benefit from reduced weight and reduced electromagnetic interference. And, as 5G and 6G increase in speed and use higher frequencies, the need for electromagnetic shielding materials that are lightweight and work with the millimetre- to terahertz-wave bands will increase.
By combining a unique resin formulation technology, refined over many years, with environmental testing capabilities and expertise that anticipates a variety of use cases, Panasonic is aiming to commercialize the ultra-light EMC shielding material technology in 2024.
Designated as one of JAXA’s solution-creating research projects for space exploration, this effort is being undertaken jointly with Nagoya University, Yamagata University, and Akita University -- with Panasonic Industry serving as the representative organization.
Read here about our current experiments aboard the International Space Station using a variety of electronic materials products. These products -- MEGTRON series multi-layer circuit board materials, FELIOS series of flexible circuit board materials, and LEXCM series assembly materials -- are widely used in aerospace, automotive and telecommunications infrastructure.