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The Sky's Not the Limit: LVDTs in Space and Aerospace Applications

Friday, May 26, 2023

In the high-stakes world of aerospace and space exploration, precision, reliability, and durability are paramount. In such fields where failure is not an option, Linear Variable Differential Transformers (LVDTs) play a pivotal role. LVDTs, owing to their inherent ruggedness and accurate sensing capabilities, find widespread use in a host of space and aerospace applications.

With over 30 years of experience, Sentech stands at the forefront of the industry, leveraging its custom designs to meet the rigorous demands of space. Applications in space often require dealing with extreme conditions, demanding the absolute best in design capabilities. This is where Sentech's innovative and reliable designs come into play.

LVDTs: The Unseen Guardians of Space Missions

In many aerospace LVDT applications, LVDTs are employed to provide critical position feedback data and monitor systems where precision is key. Here are some of the typical applications:

Defense Satellites and Launch Systems

In defense satellites and launch systems, LVDTs are employed to monitor various systems' positioning. Their reliability and ability to withstand harsh environments make them ideal for such applications. For example, they can be used to track solar panel deployment or to provide feedback on antenna positioning systems.

Valve Pitch Actuators

Valve pitch actuators in aerospace applications often rely on LVDTs for position sensing. By providing precise and reliable feedback, LVDTs allow for precise control of valve positions, which is critical for engine performance and fuel efficiency.

Engine Bleed Air Systems

In engine bleed air systems, LVDTs can provide critical position feedback for valves and other components. This data is essential to maintain optimal engine performance and safety.

Fuel Controls

Fuel control systems in aerospace applications require a high degree of precision. LVDTs are commonly used in these systems to provide accurate position feedback for valves and other components, ensuring fuel is delivered efficiently and safely.

Thrust Vector Control

Thrust vector control (TVC) is crucial for the maneuverability of rockets and spacecraft. LVDTs play a key role in these systems, providing real-time feedback on the positioning of various components. This information allows for precise control over the direction of thrust, enabling accurate steering of the spacecraft.

Valve Position Feedback

Valve position feedback is essential in a myriad of aerospace systems, from fuel delivery to life-support systems. LVDTs are a popular choice for these applications due to their accuracy and reliability, even in harsh conditions.

Sentech: Leading the Way in Space

When it comes to meeting the challenges of aerospace and space applications, Sentech offers an unrivaled blend of experience, innovation, and reliability. Their technology and design provide comprehensive solutions to complex measurement sensing applications in these demanding environments.

Working with Sentech, you can expect custom-designed LVDTs that meet and exceed your application requirements. From the rigorous demands of defense satellites to the critical precision required in fuel controls, Sentech's reliable and innovative designs provide the solutions you need.

In the vast and challenging realms of space and aerospace, LVDTs from Sentech prove that the sky's indeed not the limit.

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