In 2003, NASA’s Helios unmanned aircraft broke apart over the Pacific Ocean, illustrating that the ability of existing technologies to test, control and monitor the quality and safety of equipment was lagging behind the innovations themselves. The lesson was clear: without the development of sophisticated systems that continuously measure equipment durability over time, our ability to invent and improve on today’s technologies would stall. In order to meet this need, NASA scientists began developing the most sophisticated sensing system in the world.
In 2007, 4DSP, (which would eventually spin out Sensuron), and NASA Dryden (now NASA Armstrong) formed an informal partnership to develop the next generation of distributed sensing systems. The result was an exponentially smaller, compact system with exceptional accuracy that enhanced testing, designing, measuring, monitoring, and operating applications across industries.
The informal partnership between what is now Sensuron and NASA Dryden spawned a formal licensing agreement in 2011 and as a result, Sensuron began developing off-the-shelf fiber optic sensing systems. Over the next three years, Sensuron developed the original system into two cutting-edge fiber optic sensing platforms, which are on the market today – Summit and the RTS125+. These instruments supplant a host of legacy technologies and allow companies to consolidate their testing and measurement solutions.
In 2013, Sensuron and NASA won the prestigious R&D 100 Award for their revolutionary fiber optic sensing system. In order to better and more directly serve their customers, 4DSP established Sensuron as its own entity in February 2015. As a leading global provider of distributed strain and temperature sensing platforms, Sensuron continues to ensure customer success by providing unparalleled sensing and measurement to applications across industries. Today the company has expanded beyond basic strain and temperature evaluation to offer liquid-level, 2D deflection and 3D shape sensing.
Like NASA, many of our customers continue to innovate beyond existing technologies. What was originally designed to accurately measure the durability and strain of systems is now being utilized to assist in minimally invasive surgeries, cryogenic tank fuel monitoring and 2D deflection sensing for structural health monitoring. In these ways and many others, Sensuron’s technology continues to meet customers’ needs to replace point sensing solutions with a single sensing platform.