A new video from the European Space Agency (ESA) reveals how its Aramis 3D camera system can identify sub-millimetre material strain, and helped repair the Kourou craft’s Vega launch tower.
Once its mobile launch gantry is moved away, then Europe’s Vega launcher is primed for lift-off – except for the time the stuck gantry refused to move.
Solving the problem and getting the gantry mobile again was one of the more unusual tasks of ESA’s Materials and Electrical Components Laboratory, and it took analysis of the gantry’s wheels movement to solve the problem.
The Lab’s Aramis 3D camera system, without touching the test subject, measured the 3D surface deformation of items subjected to various kinds of loads, from mechanical loads to themal stress.
The camera is so powerful that it can identify the slightest submillimetre deformation of materials and structures put to the test.