We are very excited to share that our Japanese partner Hazama Sokki notified us that our IGA 140-TV pyrometer launched into space!
The pyrometer launched on August 19th as part of the HTV5 cargo mission from the Tanegashima Space Center and arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on August 24th! As part of Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) Electrostatic Levitation Furnace (ELF), the pyrometer will help scientists gather data on high temperature melts. ELF can use the zero-gravity environment to levitate a sample, control the position with electrostatic force, and then heat it to above 2000 °C.
This exciting experiment looks at how processes such as glass production are different in space than on Earth. On Earth, we create glass by heating a crucible to melt raw materials and then allow the liquid to cool to a solid. During this process, some impurities from the crucible are introduced into the liquid. In ELF, the crucible (and associated impurities) is eliminated!
We are eager to learn more about this JAXA experiment and thank Hazama Sokki for demonstrating their technical knowledge and customer support that enabled our pyrometer to be part of this highly technical application!