There are hundreds of thousands of moving parts in the space industry that need to be optimized for a successful launch. From the thrust of a rocket engine to the structural integrity of the craft’s landing gear, the hardware goes through test after test to ensure that everything is built to specifications, performs at a high level, and is reliable over time. Any tiny miscalculation or error in the design, manufacturing and testing of this equipment can become costly, and more importantly, unsafe to the astronauts and crew.
One of the key test processes that occur during the development of a spaceship is force measurement testing. Companies in the aerospace industry involved in space travel must understand various aspects of the force, compression, torque, and tension that materials and components used in the design of a spacecraft can withstand or output. For instance, thrust is a critical factor in providing enough speed to launch a vehicle out of the earth’s atmosphere. Data on the power of a rocket engine’s thrust is calculated with force sensors. Another design consideration in a spacecraft is the structural integrity of the fuselage and wings. These are also pieces of hardware that can also be analyzed using force measurement devices.
Ultimately, optimizing a spacecraft’s design involves testing a lot of moving parts that all interact differently when introduced to stressors during the launch sequence. Companies in the aerospace industry have turned to force measurement to gather accurate data on these systems, processes, and materials.