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Application 136

Orion Deployment Mechanism

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Application Summary
Aerospace parachute deployment mechanics require high precision load cells throughout the testing phase. NASA's Orion capsule utilized FUTEK load cells to measure the force of the payload applied against the parachute system.
Products in Use
Miniature Threaded In Line Load Cell (LCM Series) or Donut/Thru Hole Load Cell (LTH Series). View Product Details
Load Cell - Orion Deployment Mechanism
How it Works
  1. NASA missions require the highest in quality during auditing phases of their components. The Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle mission was no different.
  2. For this application, FUTEK's load cells served as the auditing tool measuring the force of the payload (the Orion capsule) against the cables from the parachute deployment mechanism.
  3. Two solutions were developed to fit this application's requirements.
  4. In the first solution, quality assurance engineers could install FUTEK's Miniature Threaded In Line Load Cell between the cables creating a wire tension measurement application.
  5. The second solution allows these engineers to mount the Donut/Thru Hole Load Cells at the base of the deployment system to measure the immediate and continue force the payload applied to the parachute cables.
  6. Both solution options provided NASA's test engineers with highly accurate testing data.
All FUTEK application illustrations are strictly conceptual. Please contact us with questions.
Load Cell - LCM Series - Miniature Threaded In Line Load Cell
LCM Series
Miniature Threaded In Line Load Cell
Load Cell - LTH Series - Donut/Thru Hole Load Cell
LTH Series
Donut/Thru Hole Load Cell
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