If you were you like us – as many Americans were – you were glued to the video of the SpaceX launch on May 30th that safely transported NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station. It’s reported that over 10,000,000 people watched the event and, to date, it was the highest recorded streaming turnout for NASA.
The significance of the launch was that, for the first time in history, NASA astronauts have launched from American soil in a commercially built and operated American crew spacecraft. With it, a new era of human spaceflight is set to commence as American astronauts once again launch on an American rocket from American soil to low-Earth orbit for the first time since the conclusion of the Space Shuttle Program in 2011.
This is big news for American industry. From designers, engineers, and manufacturers, the build and launch the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft that actually carried the crew is a huge boost for all of us in the industry looking for ways to bring jobs back to domestic soil. If we can launch a rocket into space, we can certainly bring back more work within our borders rather than relying on foreign entities. Building off of this event and forging bolstered strength and domestic alliances throughout is imperative.
That’s not to say we haven’t already had a hand in helping. It’s merely a historic moment in time that we’re looking to as a timeline placeholder for pushing the world of manufacturing forward.
For us at MuShield, solely from the magnetic shielding standpoint, there were so many devices and pieces of technology on display in the footage of the SpaceX launch that required shielding from magnetic interference. Yes, we got excited. Just the footage of the astronaut setting up the photographic “scene” for the moment Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley boarded the Space Station was a marvel in modern technology – all at his (weightless) fingertips.
And while we’re busy talking about the International Space Station, we’d be remiss in not mentioning that we’ve aided in some of the technological development onboard that very floating marvel of modern architecture…
We’ve been working with NASA to help facilitate the need for unique magnetic shields used for highly sensitive experiments on the Space Station that needed little to no magnetic interference for accurate results. MuShield customers rely on us for challenging jobs that are highly accurate while maintaining efficient production practices. We thrive off of these types of engagements.
For over 50 years, we have worked with world leaders in the aerospace industry – yes, including NASA – and we’ve continually and proudly proven that we have the capabilities and the knowledge to confront their magnetic shielding challenges fearlessly and deliver exceptional results.
Such devices and system components we’ve worked on and delivered in our collective body of work include:
- Navigation systems
- Frequency synthesizers
- Digital circuits
- Power supplies
- Handheld devices
Our customers come to MuShield due to the experience and expertise we have in manufacturing mumetal and hydroformed piece parts for the aerospace industry. Quality is #1 in our book – and the book is extensive. We took the initiative to get our quality system certified to AS9100D, giving our customers peace of mind that MuShield can not only produce the demanding mumetal magnetic shielding and hydroformed parts their system demands, but also, that they’ll be made right the first time, every time. We continue to evolve our quality system as the aerospace industry dictates to ensure our partners receive magnetic shielding products that meet or exceed their expectations.
With SpaceX modernizing space travel and making it (potentially) more of a regular thing, we’re excited to see where the future takes us. As a country, and as an industry, these are inspiring and encouraging times. We’re looking forward to experiencing the ride.