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RF Connector's Cables Are In Space

Updated: 04/19/2019


Lighthorse Technologies, Inc. would like to congratulate NASA and Northrup Grumman on the successful launch of the Antares rocket. It has sent the Cygnus supply ship on its journey to the International Space Station, whose cargo includes RF cable assemblies built by Lighthorse Technologies, Inc. that will be used by astronauts in applications onboard the ISS. In this launch, forty lab mice will also be sent to the station to commence an experiment that will test the efficacy of vaccines delivered in space, as well as the overall effect of space travel on the animals.

The Cygnus supply ship contains two robotic systems designed to assist the astronauts on the ISS with experiments and crew safety. One of the robots is designed to discover air leaks within the station and the other will assist astronauts in sampling, logistics management, and crew monitoring. Both of these robots, named Seeker and Astrobee respectively, contain RF cable assemblies manufactured by Lighthorse Technologies, Inc. Seeker will also use data gleaned from RFID sensors on the ISS that contain cables supplied by LTI. We wish them the best of luck and a successful flight!

A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket carrying a Cygnus resupply spacecraft is seen during sunrise on Pad-0A, Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Northrop Grumman’s 11th contracted cargo resupply mission with NASA to the International Space Station will deliver about 7,600 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory and its crew.

Last Updated: April 16, 2019 / Editor: Yvette Smith