Flight Qualified Projects Aerospace Industry

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NASA Mars Rover One Star-Spangled Mohawk for Mankind
IRVINE, Calif. – It’s here. August 6th – the date that animated every space science Ph.D. into giddy teenagers. Glued to YouTube, our eyes fixated for “seven minutes of terror,” we waited. And then, with two words, every confidence in NASA was restored. The Mars Rover Curiosity landed.
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Mars Rover Collects First Drill Sample
Irvine, CALIF. - FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technology, Inc. is beyond ecstatic with the latest news regarding the Mars Rover Curiosity. The success of this first ever inter-planetary sample collection not only made history for NASA and the U.S. space program, but also for FUTEK as two of their test and measurement products were integral during this drilling mission.
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Curiosity: A Great Achievement For FUTEK
On August 6, 2012, history was made and dreams were achieved as NASA JPL’s MSL Mars Rover Curiosity set down upon the Martian soil. This touchdown not only marked a rebirth for the NASA program, but an enormous accomplishment for all partners involved with this mission. Landing Curiosity was by no means an easy feat.
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Raytheon VIIRS Hurricane Sandy VIIRS Satellite Images
IRVINE, Calif. – FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technology, Inc. was commissioned by Raytheon to design and develop two cryogenic load cells to operate aboard the satellite producing aerial images of Hurricane Sandy.
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NASA’s Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite
The Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) is one of five instruments NASA will use on the National Polar-Orbiting Operational Environment Satellite System (NPOESS) Preparatory Project (NPP). VIIRS will be responsible for new advances in weather and environmental monitoring.
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NASA ORION NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle
Like all shuttles returning to the Earth’s surface, a parachute is needed to ease its entry speed. FUTEK designed custom dual-axis clevis pin load cells and load washer load cells for the re-entry and in-mission abort simulations. The precision of these particular load cells was critical, as was their endurance.
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NASA iLIDS NASA International Low Impact Docking System
The program known as the International Low Impact Docking System (iLIDS) will require several quad-bridge tension and compression miniature load cells to detect, guide, and dock incoming space vehicles. These load cells must follow specific space and flight standards, ensuring their conformity with various forms of spacecraft.
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NASA SHERE NASA’s Shear History Extension Rheology Experiment
Alongside NASA and MIT, FUTEK participated in the jointed venture to help create the Shear History Extensional Rheology Experiment (SHERE). This program was designed to examine the stress and strain of polymer fluid in microgravity. FUTEK developed a 10 KiloDyne load cell to measure these fluid viscosity forces upon the International Space Station.
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