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NASA ORION – MISSION TO MARS

MEASURING SPLASHDOWN IMPACT ON ASTRONAUTS

The Challenge: 

      • NASA needed to run a series of water-impact tests on the 18,000 lb. Orion mock-up capsule
      • Drop testing the capsule in the 20′ deep Hydro Impact Basin at the Langley Research Center
      • Data collection of crew safety factors and structural integrity based on re-entry speeds up to 25,000 mph
      • Limited space and weight constraints onboard for test instrumentation
      • Power consideration, data acquisition needed to be able to record for extended time periods

The Solution:

      • Miniature, rugged DTS data acquisition systems and sensor
      • Instrumentation was positioned inside the capsule to measure stresses and structural integrity
      • In-dummy DAS was embedded in the test dummies to measure the safety of future astronauts
      • Modular system, supported hundreds of sensors, strain gauges and accelerometers
      • MIL-STD-810G and IP68 rated systems available
      • Onboard reliability, data writes directly to flash memory
      • Complete solution provider and experts in dynamic testing and injury biomechanics

 

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