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Saturday, March 12, 2005

From Space to Ground Level -- Literally
Here is an amazing story about how a technology initially developed by NASA for the shuttle program is now being used for something radically different. Back in 2001, NASA needed a tool to conduct quality control for critical aluminum alloy parts. And it worked with KeyMaster Technologies to develop a portable device, the TRACeR, using X-Ray fluorescent technology, or XRF. The TRACeR is approximately the size of a portable drill, and it weighs only 4 pounds.

But now, according to "Carpet Cleaning or Rocket Science?," published by ICS Cleaning Specialist, it's also being used to quantify carpet cleanliness by the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) to give its Seal of Approval (SOA) to vacuum cleaners. This overview contains more details, references and pictures about this unusual transfer of high-tech to a really 'down-to-earth' domain.
:: posted by Roland Piquepaille, 7:31 AM Comments (0)
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