HUNTSVILLE, AL - June 13, 2014 - Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc. and NASA today marked the successful activation of a decontamination system the company designed and manufactured for the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG), an enclosed laboratory onboard the International Space Station (ISS). This system is designed to assure the safety for crew members conducting experiments in the MSG and brings a new capability to perform biological science research.
The decontamination system utilizes high-power, ultraviolet, light-emitting diodes (UV LEDs) from Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc. (SETi) that were developed in part through the DARPA Compact Mid-Ultraviolet Technology program. The UV LEDs decontaminate the MSG before and after experiments are conducted. The system sanitizes surfaces and filters out airborne contaminants inside the MSG in a matter of minutes. The MSG, developed by NASA and the European Space Agency, is operated by NASA at the Marshall Space Flight Center and supported by Teledyne Brown flight controllers.
"We're pleased to be able to deliver a system that creates a safer environment to conduct life sciences research," said Jan Hess, President of Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc. "The results of these studies could lead, for example, to enhanced treatment of infectious diseases and insight into protecting the health of astronauts on long-term space missions."
As part of the decontamination system, Teledyne Brown also designed and manufactured a filtration system that removes biological and chemical contaminants from the air circulation system and an exchangeable glove system that was redesigned to be better suited for life sciences research onboard the ISS.
For photographs and more information on the Decontamination System, visit the NASA International Space Station homepage at: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/news/decontamination.html
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Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc. is a full-spectrum engineering and advanced manufacturing company providing full lifecycle development from concept definition to production and with locations in the United States and the United Kingdom. The Company has a rich heritage in developing complex systems for space, missile defense, energy, and other challenging markets. Find out more about Teledyne Brown Engineering at https://www.tbe.com
About Teledyne Technologies Incorporated
Teledyne Technologies is a leading provider of sophisticated instrumentation, digital imaging products and software, aerospace and defense electronics, and engineered systems. Teledyne Technologies' operations are primarily located in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Western and Northern Europe. For more information, visit Teledyne Technologies' website at www.teledyne.com