MicroStrain provided NASA Kennedy Space Center in
Florida with the wireless sensor technology to remotely monitor
liftoff acoustics and vibration generated during the launch
of both Endeavour and Atlantis space shuttles.
Using the sensors, NASA engineers quantified the acoustic
levels at a distance just over one mile from the launch site. Using
this data, engineers were able to validate math models for farfield
acoustics, study operational readiness, and predict impending
failure of ground structures, spacecraft, and equipment.
The wireless technology, comprised of multiple G-Link®
accelerometers, an SG-Link® strain node, a wireless sensor
data aggregator (WSDA®), and the SensorCloud® Web-based
data management platform, addressed many unique NASA
test parameters. Unable to access the test site 48 hours prior
to launch, the system was required to operate during this
period in anticipation of launch. The result yielded over 3
gigabytes of data. By leveraging the remote data visualization
and management SensorCloud tool, MicroStrain support
engineers assisted NASA to isolate and interpret launch
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