IRVINE, Calif., USA – Feb. 5, 2016 – Meggitt Sensing Systems, a Meggitt division, and leader in sensing and monitoring systems for extreme environments, received a visit from NASA astronaut Richard Arnold yesterday, at its Irvine, Calif., facility.
The Meggitt facility was chosen by The Boeing Company to recognize Meggitt employees who worked on supplying mission-critical technologies for NASA‘s Space Launch System (SLS), the new heavy-lift rocket for deep space exploration. The visit included a meet and greet with employees and their children, an astronaut briefing with Q&A, and a factory tour.
Boeing, responsible for the design, development, test and production of the SLS core stages, chose Meggitt as a key supplier of sensors for the system. Meggitt’s high-performing accelerometers, microphones and pressure transducers were selected to measure acceleration, acoustics and pressure. This vehicle will provide a new capability for science and human exploration beyond Earth’s orbit as the largest launch vehicle ever built, more powerful than the Saturn V rocket that carried Apollo astronauts to the moon.
“Very early on in the SLS project, NASA and Boeing acknowledged the value Meggitt brought to the table by allowing us to help define the technologies that would perform best in various launch environments and assist in recognizing challenges that would have an impact on the success of the program,” said Daniel Rosales, Vice President and General Manager of Meggitt Sensing Systems-Orange County. “We were delighted to welcome Astronaut Arnold along with the representatives from NASA and Boeing to showcase our operations and the professionals who work on this and other mission-critical endeavors.”
Meggitt’s Endevco family of piezoelectric, piezoresistive, Isotron and variable capacitance accelerometers, piezoresistive pressure transducers, acoustic sensors, electronic instruments and calibration systems ensure critical accuracy and reliability in aerospace, automotive, defense, industrial, medical, power generation, R&D, space, and test and measurement applications.