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MegaPhase's GrooveTube® Cable Assemblies' History of Asteroid Rendezvous

May 8, 2012 Press Release

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-- Direct Correlation with Planetary Resources Inc.'s Asteroid Mining Explorations

Stroudsburg, PA – Tuesday, May 8, 2012 – Planetary Resources, Inc.'s announcement Wednesday, April 24, of its plan to mine near-Earth asteroids for raw materials has been received by the media and public with great interest and excitement.

Planetary Resources is hoping to retrieve large quantities of platinum and precious metals from these near-Earth asteroids, as well as water for the production of rocket fuel. In order to build the satellites and spacecraft capable of asteroid mining, Planetary Resources will rely on industry leading RF cable assemblies that are proven to be capable of withstanding deep-space testing conditions, like MegaPhase's GrooveTube cable assemblies.

MegaPhase is the only provider of RF cables that has already rendezvoused with an asteroid. The Japanese Hayabusa space probe, equipped with MegaPhase's GrooveTube cable assemblies, captured particles from the asteroid Itokawa in 2010. The seven year mission began in May 2003, when the Hayabusa spacecraft launched.

In September of 2005, the Hayabusa engaged the Itokawa asteroid and studied the asteroid's shape, spin, topography, color, composition, density, and history before landing on the asteroid in November of 2005 and collecting samples of the asteroidal material. The Hayabusa returned to earth five years later in June of 2010, after traveling more than 186,411,358 miles (twice the distance between the earth and the sun) and undergoing rigorous testing including radiation, thermal shock and vibration.As Planetary Resources develops their satellites and spacecraft, they will likely benefit from MegaPhase's GrooveTube technology which helped the seven year mission of the Hayabusa space probe that successfully captured asteroid particles.


About MegaPhase — MegaPhase is an industry leader and innovator in design & manufacturing of RF. Microwave and millimeter wave cable assemblies, coaxial cable and connectors. The Company markets to OEMs building advanced microwave and optical electronic systems, such as test instrumentation, defense electronics, homeland defense, satellites, broadband data and communications systems. MegaPhase test & measurement products feature vertically-targeted cable assemblies and adapters through 70 GHz.

For more information contact MegaPhase at 570-424-8400, by e-mail at or visit

2098 West Main Street, Building 3
Stroudsburg, PA 18360-9526

For more information contact MegaPhase at 570-424-8400, by e-mail at or visit

2098 West Main Street, Building 3
Stroudsburg, PA 18360-9526

Posted 5/11/2012

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