Rayotek Scientific Inc. to view first test flight launch of Delta IV Orion EFT-1.
Rayotek Scientific, Inc. is excited to announce their upcoming attendance at the Delta IV launch of the Orion Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1) Mission. The launch is planned for December 4, 2014 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. United Launch Alliance in partnership with Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company is in the process of moving Nasa's Orion spacecraft to the launch pad where it will be mounted on top of the Delta IV rocket for the first test flight.
Rayotek provided consulting, engineering, and manufacturing of the fused silica windows. In addition, Rayotek designed and built the laser defect scanning system and the proof pressure test systems, both essential for insuring window reliability and future crew safety.
For testing future human missions to deep space, the uncrewed spacecraft will travel 3,600 miles above Earth on a four hour plus flight to test many of the critical systems. According to NASA, after two orbits and 60,000 miles, Orion will re-enter Earth's atmosphere at almost 20,000 mph before its parachute systems deploy to slow the spacecraft for a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean near San Diego. The goal of future missions on the Orion spacecraft is to propel astronauts farther than ever before into the solar system.
"When Rayotek was first awarded this contract we were elated, but also nervous because we were stepping into some pretty big shoes. The windows are some of the most vulnerable parts of the spacecraft," says President and Chief Technology Officer Bill Raggio. "With our great engineering team, we successfully built the windows for the Orion spacecraft, plus developed a whole new cutting edge set of technologies and equipment to support future space programs. We are proud to say we know of no other companies capable of meeting the stringent NASA requirements for manned spacecraft windows." Because of their success with the Orion Program, Rayotek was recently chosen to provide the windows for the newly awarded Boeing CCtCAP manned space capsule.
About Rayotek Scientific, Inc.
With our great engineering team, we successfully built the windows for the Orion spacecraft, plus developed a whole new cutting edge set of technologies and equipment to support future space programs.
Since 1992 Rayotek has engineered and manufactured sapphire, glass, fused quartz and fused silica products, enabling world class companies to bring cutting-edge products to market. Rayotek's expertise is creating solutions for complex customer needs and leading projects from the conceptual stage, through engineering and design, to final manufacture. Rayotek specializes in optical materials, high pressure systems and methods of sealing optical materials to metals and ceramics for use in deep sea, aerospace, space and semiconductor applications. With a staff of engineers and scientists supported by an extensive array of research and manufacturing equipment, Rayotek creates solutions for the most complex situations.
Rayotek Scientific, Inc. is located at 11499 Sorrento Valley Road, San Diego, CA 92121.
Additional information can be found at http://www.rayotek.com and http://www.rayoteksightwindows.com or contact Jessica Yadley at firstname.lastname@example.org (858) 558-3671.
Rayotek Scientific Inc.
11499 Sorrento Valley Road, San Diego