Hamilton Sundstrand equipment played a key role in NASA's STS-119 mission to the International Space Station.
During the 14-day mission, the Hamilton Sundstrand spacesuit supported three spacewalks (EVAs) to install the final set of solar array wings and truss element needed to complete the International Space Station's electricity generating system. The Hamilton Sundstrand spacesuit also facilitated other EVA tasks supporting International Space Station maintenance.
"Since the beginning of the Apollo era, Hamilton Sundstrand has been proud to contribute to our nation's space exploration program," said Allen Flynt, general manager, Space Systems, Hamilton Sundstrand Energy, Space & Defense. "Our employees work extremely hard to meet and exceed all mission requirements." Through its One EVA program, Hamilton Sundstrand provides mission support for its spacesuit, in addition to the tools and ancillary hardware needed to accomplish the mission's EVAs. The One EVA program is a team of five companies, led by Hamilton Sundstrand, providing NASA a common business approach for all EVA-related equipment and tools.
Using the International Space Station's robotic arm, the STS-119 crew installed the solar panel arrays to complete the station's solar electricity capabilities. The entire set of arrays will generate approximately 80 kilowatts of electricity, which is enough to power 30 average-sized homes. The arrays are part of a larger electrical distribution system designed and built by Hamilton Sundstrand's Rocketdyne business.
STS-119 was the 125th shuttle flight and 28th mission to the International Space station.
Hamilton Sundstrand, a partner in America's space program since its inception, provides a number of power and environmental control systems for the International Space Station, space shuttle and the Orion crew exploration vehicle now under development. Hamilton Sundstrand has been the prime contractor to NASA for the space suit since the shuttle era began in 1981.