Ultra Motion actuators help during launch of SpaceX flight
At the Kennedy Space Center in Florida last month, a private company with ambitious plans to revolutionize space technology successfully completed a key milestone toward sending astronauts into space.
SpaceX, which was founded in 2002, teamed up with NASA under its Commercial Crew Program to develop a spacecraft capable of low-Earth orbit and transferring crew safely to and from the International Space Station. SpaceX plans to usher in an era of commercial space travel with “the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.”
First, the company needed to complete a test known as an in-flight abort test of its Crew Dragon spacecraft from the Falcon 9 rocket. It represented the final step before a manned flight.
As the launch began, a group of engineers in Cutchogue watched live — with bated breath — to see years of their hard work come to life.
The engineers make up Ultra Motion, a small company helmed by Mattituck native Sean Rodger that is helping to propel the modern space race. At their Cutchogue facility, located at the corner of Cox Lane and Route 48, they manufacture actuators used in an array of industries including aerospace, robotics, military, medical and national labs.
“It was a test of the system that [our product] is used in,” Mr. Rodger said from their company headquarters Monday. “We’ve been waiting for this for years, so it was a big deal for us to watch it.”
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