SDL performing payload I&T activities for the ICON Observatory

Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) performing payload integration & test activities for the ICON Observatory Spacecraft using a Flotron Rotation Fixture. ICON is scheduled to launch 12/08/2017. ICON will explore how both earth weather and space weather in the ionosphere affect global positioning satellites and radio communications. As of 10/16, the solar arrays are stowed and […]

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) Camera System

TESS will perform a two year survey of the 200,000 brightest stars in the sky to monitor changes in brightness caused by planetary transits occurring outside of our solar system.  The goal being to identify smaller planets orbiting bright stars, good candidates for new earths and super earths, which can be further characterized along with […]

Flotron Mid-Size Satellite Positioner Supporting JPSS-1 at Vandenberg AFB

The NASA/NOAA JPSS-1 Satellite designed and built by Ball Aerospace Begins Final Preflight Processing at Vandenberg AFB.  The global data from Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) will be used in numerical weather prediction models to help forecast extreme weather events and improve public warnings.  The satellite was assembled, transported to the launch site and then […]

Small Satellite Cantilevered Rotation Fixture Application

MIT / Lincoln Labs developed, built and prepared for launch the 113 kg, 1.5 meter long ORS-5 SensorSat Space Situational Awareness Small Satellite.  A Flotron CTL-36 Small Satellite Cantilevered Rotation Fixture, part of Flotron’s CTL series, provided the MIT/LL team with ergonomic access during Assembly, Integration and Test operations.  ORS-5 (Sensorsat) is a Low Earth […]

Ball Aerospace Delivers the JPSS-1 Weather Satellite to Launch Site

A Flotron Satellite Positioner transports the Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. (BATC) designed, manufactured and tested JPSS-1 NASA/NOAA next generation Weather Satellite to the launch site at Vandenberg AFB this week. The Flotron will upend the satellite vertically where it will be fueled and integrated with the launch vehicle. BATC will support launch operations and on-orbit checkout. JPSS-1 is currently scheduled to launch in November.

Engineered Lift can reduce injuries in the workplace

For many workers, accessing machinery and hardware during their daily activities can literally put them in a tight spot.   There are several reasons to add Engineered Lift to your rotation device. Reduction in Overuse injuries – When workers must access equipment at awkward angles and bend their bodies into tight spots just to perform […]

The Boeing 777X is innovating the way we travel and is creating American jobs along the way.

The success of the Boeing 777 has prompted Boeing to expand on this line with the addition of the 777X.  This line will include the 777-8X and 777-9X.  In August Boeing announced the 777-9X – Capable of seating up to 400 passengers, the Boeing 777-9x will offer passengers extra room and more space for carry-ons, […]