When NASA asked…“How can we align an object on earth so that it functions reliably?”
WARREN-KNIGHT had the answer.
Surfaces on the International Space Station have to withstand both searing sunlight and frigid shadows. To design against warping, NASA needed to know how much distortion to expect.
One of the challenges designing equipment to operate in space is the extremes between 250°F on the sunny side and -250°F in the shade. To test critical components, NASA asked Warren-Knight to invent a solution.
The test needed a vacuum chamber with special lighting to replicate the three-dimensional environment that would exist on the orbiting Space Station with continuous shifting between temperatures of intense heat and near absolute zero.
The solution employed a device used by Warren-Knight in systems as earthly as keeping track of a dam’s structural integrity and measuring the sway of a skyscraper. An array of electronic level transducers sensitive enough to measure the vibration from a passing truck were linked to a computerized system that provided real-time data as the light source was moved across the test object’s surface.
Using state-of-the-art custom manufactured components, Warren-Knight brings the same problem-solving expertise NASA required to such tasks as aligning military ship and aircraft components, useful in a wide array of industrial and infrastructural settings.