Luna Innovations Incorporated (NASDAQ: LUNA) corrosion monitoring products have been selected by Lockheed Martin to monitor critical environments on board NASA´s Orion spacecraft, the company said.
Part of the Artemis program, Orion is the only spacecraft specifically developed for crewed missions into deep space, supporting NASA´s mission to build a sustainable presence on the lunar surface and on to Mars. The first mission, Artemis I, will be uncrewed and will launch in 2021 out to the lunar vicinity and back to Earth. Artemis II, the first mission with astronauts on board, is planned to go to the Moon in 2023.
NASA awarded Lockheed Martin with a contract to order six Orions with the potential to order up to six more, for a total of 12. The first six will be for Artemis missions III-VIII. The Artemis III mission, launching in 2024, will ultimately see the first woman and the next man walk on the Moon.
Luna´s corrosion monitoring products currently support aircraft sustainability programs around the world seeking to expand condition-based maintenance practices. By partnering with key owners of defense and industry aircraft, Luna is demonstrating that corrosion monitoring can improve aircraft availability while reducing the cost of inspecting and washing the aircraft.
Luna Innovations Incorporated (www.lunainc.com) is a provider of optical technology, providing unique capabilities in high-performance, fiber optic-based, test products for the telecommunications industry and distributed fiber optic-based sensing for the aerospace and automotive industries. Luna is organized into two business segments, which work closely together to turn ideas into products: Lightwave and Luna Labs. Luna´s business model is designed to accelerate the process of bringing new and innovative technologies to market.