American Machinist

Measuring system helps rocket fly high. (Technology Trends).

A LASER MEASURING system recently helped launch a Boeing Delta IV rocket, which deployed the first satellite for the U.S. Air Force's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program. The Faro Laser Tracker, built by Faro Technologies Inc., Lake Mary, Fla., handled measuring tasks critical to building and testing the launch pad's Fixed Pad Erector (FPE) system at Cape Canaveral in Florida.

"Our Laser Tracker has gained widespread use in large-scale dimensional measurement applications that demand portability, accuracy, and speed," says Simon Raab, president and CEO of Faro. "It complements and sometimes supplants other commonly used portable coordinate-measuring machines."

The 164-ft-long FPE raises the rocket and transfers it onto the launch table. …

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