News 2011

July 8, 2011

Invocon on STS-135

The STS-135 mission started today with the launch of Atlantis at Kennedy Space Center. This was the final mission of Shuttle Atlantis and the last shuttle mission.

For Invocon, this mission marks the 41st Shuttle mission utilizing our systems.

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June 1, 2011

Invocon on STS-134

The STS-134 mission completed successfully today with the landing of Endeavor at Kennedy Space Center. This was the final mission of Shuttle Endeavor.

For Invocon, this mission marked the 40th Shuttle mission utilizing our systems.

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March 24, 2011

Invocon Displays Technologies at Missile Defense Conference in Washington, DC

Invocon, Inc displayed a variety of new instrumentation technologies at the 9th Annual Missile Defense Conference, held this week at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC. Invocon’s booth was buzzing with activity as attendees interested in target missile systems and technologies were able to view Invocon’s Sequencer, Capacitive Discharge Initiator (CDI), Smart Battery, and Kinetic Impact Position Systems.

The features and benefits of the Lithium Ion Polymer technology and the Battery Management System used in Invocon’s Smart Battery were of particular interest because of the ability to continuously monitor State of Charge (SoC) and State of Health (SoH), an important capability for mission critical applications. However, a demonstration of Invocon’s “Wireless” Kinetic Impact Position System (WKIPS) was the featured attraction. Replacing the wired “hit grids” that have been used for years to report the location of impact when a kinetic kill vehicle intercepts a target missile in flight, the new WKIPS “wireless” hit grid system provides impact location information with significantly less infrastructure and at significantly lower cost.

This annual conference, organized by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), is a unique opportunity for the U.S. missile defense community to meet and discuss key issues facing the development, testing, and deployment of missile defense systems. This is Invocon’s fourth year to attend the conference.

February 24, 2011

Invocon on STS-133

STS-133 launched from Kennedy Space Center this afternoon at 4:53PM EST. During this mission, the Discovery crew will deliver and install the Permanent Multipurpose Module Leonardo. This will be final flight of Discovery.

For Invocon, this mission marks the 39th Shuttle mission utilizing our systems. On this mission, the Enhanced Wideband MicroTAU-WLE system is being used to monitor the Wing-Leading Edge of the orbiter for impacts during ascent.

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February 17, 2011

DIDS launches on-board ATV 2

Invocon’s Distributed Impact Detection System (DIDS) launched to the International Space Station aboard European Space Agency’s Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV 2). NASA is using DIDS to monitor background noise levels to aid in the development of a system to detect and locate leaks.

January 17, 2011

Radiation Alert Immediate Disclosure Phase I Award

Invocon’s Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) proposal for a Radiation Alert Immediate Disclosure system was selected by NASA for Phase I funding.  Invocon’s Radiation Alert Immediate Disclosure (RAID) system is a miniature, low-power, real-time, active radiation badge. It is designed for monitoring personnel, equipment, and environments while minimizing complicated user interfaces. RAID’s ability to determine characteristics and dose rate in addition to total dose provide significant advantages over other types of devices. A single sensor provides information about all types of ionizing radiation in order to provide a comprehensive assessment of radiation environments. Many radiation health experts believe that dose rate is an important parameter in addition to total dose for determining tissue damage.