Tenney Environmental Ships Vacuum Space Simulator to Aerospace Industry

Posted: Jul 18, 2018

Tenney Environmental, announced the shipment of a vacuum temperature space simulation system. This space simulator will allow the customer to bring the testing of their products in house. The customer manufactures laser guidance modules for satellites and other space equipment that is used to assure precise locations of equipment while they are docking together.

The Tenney space simulation chamber utilizes a cascade cooling system and has a temperature range of -75°C to +125°C.

It is constructed with a thermal shroud and thermal platen which will perform the thermal conditioning function. This vacuum chamber has an extremely low maintenance dry roots style roughing pump and a turbomolecular high vacuum pump. The customer also requested a special LN2 trap which is used to attract any outgassed detrimental gasses to prevent contamination of their product.

“This type of space chamber is a fairly standard offering for Tenney and can be customized for each customer’s unique process needs. This customer requested a glass port on the door of this space simulator which will be used to shoot a laser beam through for alignment testing of their product. After our start-up and training of the equipment, the customer was very pleased with the performance and equipment quality.” – Rick Powell, Vacuum Products Manager

Unique features of this Tenney space simulation chamber include:

  • Therma platen supports 200lbs. mass load
  • 5.0 x 10-8 Torr vacuum range
  • -75°C to +125°C temperature range
  • Two (2) 5.0 horsepower semi-hermetic reciprocating type compressors
  • Start-up and training for operations team
  • Low maintenance roughing pump
  • Turbomolecular high vacuum pump

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