NASA purchases Leica Geosystems instrumentation for Space Launch System (SLS) program

(Heerbrugg/Switzerland, 18 February 2014) - When NASA’s new Space Launch System (SLS) fires up its RS-25 engines for the first launch in 2017, the integrity of the SLS liquid hydrogen tank will be crucial to success. This core stage will be more than 200 feet tall with a diameter of 27.6 feet, and will store the cryogenic liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen that will feed the engines.

NASA has purchased 22 Leica Viva TS15 robotic total stations from Leica Geosystems to monitor critical displacements on the SLS test article during a comprehensive structural test that will be performed at the Systems Integration and Test Facility at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

The agency has also purchased two Leica Nova MS50 MultiStations to provide precise total station measurement and focused laser scanning of individual components of the SLS program.

NASA’s SLS is an advanced heavy-lift launch vehicle that will provide new opportunities for scientific and human exploration beyond Earth’s orbit. The most powerful rocket ever built, the SLS will carry the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle as well as important cargo, equipment and science experiments to deep-space destinations such as near-Earth asteroids, Lagrange points, the moon and ultimately Mars. The SLS will be NASA’s first exploration-class vehicle since the Saturn V took American astronauts to the moon over 40 years ago.

According to David Rutledge, the NAFTA Director of Structural Monitoring for Leica Geosystems’ Engineered Solutions business, NASA chose the Leica Viva TS15 instruments for their ability to reliably and quickly provide 3D displacement data on a mission critical test. The Leica Nova MS50 instruments were chosen for their versatility in terms of integrating the scanning function into the survey workflow.

“It’s incredibly exciting to see NASA return to a Saturn V style rocket and space exploration after a more than 40-year absence,” said Rutledge. “Leica Geosystems’ instruments provide exceptionally high accuracy and outstanding performance, making them ideal for critical applications like the structural test program for the Space Launch System. We’re thrilled to be able to play a supporting role in this significant program.”

For more information about NASA’s SLS program, visit http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/sls.

Leica Geosystems – when it has to be right
With close to 200 years of experience pioneering solutions to measure the world, Leica Geosystems products and services are trusted by professionals worldwide to help them capture, analyze, and present spatial information. Leica Geosystems is best known for its broad array of products that capture accurately, model quickly, analyze easily, and visualize and present spatial information. 

Those who use Leica Geosystems products every day trust them for their dependability, the value they deliver, and the superior customer support. Based in Heerbrugg, Switzerland, Leica Geosystems is a global company with tens of thousands of customers supported by more than 3,800 employees in 33 countries and hundreds of partners located in more than 120 countries around the world. Leica Geosystems is part of Hexagon, Sweden.

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