Meggitt Sensing Systems, received a visit from NASA astronaut Richard Arnold to meet the employees who helped develop technologies for NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket.

The Irvine facility in California was chosen for the visit by The Boeing Company, to recognise Meggitt employees who worked on supplying mission-critical technologies for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) - the new rocket designed for deep space exploration.

The rocket is the largest launch vehicle ever built and provides a new capability for science and human exploration beyond Earth’s orbit.

Boeing designed, developed and produced the SLS core stages, but chose Meggitt as a key supplier of sensors for the system. Its accelerometers, microphones and pressure transducers were selected to measure acceleration, acoustics and pressure in all aerospace measurement applications. 

Daniel Rosales, Vice President and General Manager of Meggitt, said, “Very early on in the SLS project, NASA and Boeing acknowledged the value Meggitt brought to the table by allowing us to help define the technologies that would perform best in various launch environments and assist in recognising challenges that would have an impact on the success of the program.”

”We were delighted to welcome Astronaut Arnold along with the representatives from NASA and Boeing to showcase our operations and the professionals who work on this and other mission-critical endeavors.”

The visit included a meet and greet for the employees and their children, an astronaut briefing session and a tour of the factory.

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