For Immediate Release
(Inglewood, California, November 1, 2012) - Inglewood,
California, Minus K Technology, Inc. has received the order
to provide vibration isolators, numbers two through six,
for the ground testing of the new James Webb Space Telescope
(JWST) at the Johnson Space Center (JSC). Minus K completed
the order for the first of the six Negative-Stiffness vibration
isolators in February 2012.
The JWST will be placed in a thermal vacuum chamber at
the Johnson Space Center and supported by a set of six custom
Minus K vibration isolators. "The isolators will utilize
Minus K's new thermal compensator device, a passive mechanical
device (patent pending), requiring no air or electricity
just like our isolators." says Dr. David Platus, president
of Minus K and principal inventor of the patented Negative-Stiffness
technology. "The compensator will adjust the isolators
as the temperature changes throughout the testing at JSC,
keeping the JWST in the proper position."
The James Webb Space Telescope is a large-aperture infrared
space telescope that has a large mirror, 6.5 meters (21.3
feet) in diameter and a sunshield the size of a tennis court.
The JWST is planned to be launched from Arianespace's ELA-3
launch complex at European Spaceport located near Kourou,
French Guiana. in 2018 aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle.
Minus K Technology, Inc. works with many aerospace and
education laboratories for custom vibration isolation systems.
They have manufactured custom vibration isolators for the
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), German Center for Aerospace
(DLR), European Space Research and Technology Centre/European
Space Agency (ESTEC/ESA) in addition to the JWST custom
isolators for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
(Below is a picture of the first isolator
and how the Minus K isolators will be used for Ground Testing)
For additional information about Minus K's capabilities,
Steve Varma, Operations Manager
Minus K Technology, Inc.; 460 South Hindry Ave., Unit C,
Inglewood, CA 90301; Phone 310-348-9656
email email@example.com; www.minusk.com
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