Operating equipment in the volatile conditions of the earth’s atmosphere can be a challenge. This is whether you are trying to mitigate the impact of a blocked pitot tube on your aircraft, or searching for an oxygen leak on your equipment in space. Regardless, having reliable asset maintenance in an aerospace system is crucial for successful transportation and safe returns.
Given the complex intricacies of functioning in space, many people assume that the technologies used to find such a leak must be incredibly expensive and proprietary hardware. However, the ISS is utilizing a form of ultrasound technology commonly found on earth – acoustic A&SB ultrasound, which uses equipment such as CTRL’s UL101 Leak Detector to pinpoint the location of leaks.
Historically , the UL101 has helped the astronauts find a similar leak in 2004. In January of that year, Astronauts were able to locate and fix the 0.04 psi leak. This discovery couldn’t have happened at a better time; if the leak is unfixed, the Astronauts would have been grounded in a singular section for almost 5 days, stopping all experiments and space ventures.
The Ul101 and Ultrasound Technologies are as effective on our commercial planes. They are for NASA rockets and International Space Station chambers. For Commercial Aviation Industries, use our Ultrasound Technology for monitoring pressurization. Also, air conditioning, Bleed Air Check, Oxygen, and other pressure components. To see if Ultrasound Leak Detection Technology is right for you, contact one of our Ultrasound Experts today!