March 11 – 26, 2008
Space Shuttle Endeavour
This was the twenty-eighth flight of Invocon hardware on the Space Shuttle. During STS-123 mission, the Endeavour crew installed the first Japanese module to be attached to the station along with the DEXTRE robotics system. Two IVC systems were present on the orbiter.
Below is a list of the IVC systems that were present on Endeavour during the mission. The EWB MicroTAU-WLE system is the IVC system used for detecting impacts on the leading edge of the Orbiter’s wing.
|Wing Leading Edge
Enhanced Wide-Band Micro-Miniature Tri-axial Accelerometer Unit
This is the nineth flight of the EWB MicroTAU system, a high-speed data acquisition network for dynamic acceleration sensing and recording. On STS-123, 44 units were used to detect, locate, and characterize impacts on the RCC panels on the wing leading edge.
Micro-Miniature Strain Gauge Unit
Twelve Invocon MicroSGU™ sensors were installed in the engine compartment to measure the stresses imparted to the trunnion arms on the Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSMEs).