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As a supplier of 1,931 components on the International Space Station, Honeywell Aerospace has plenty to celebrate about the ongoing mission. Aerospace employees and leaders joined with their partners from NASA and Boeing for festivities in Glendale, Ariz., Nov. 13 to mark more than 15 successful years of the ISS space journey.
Built module-by-module in space since ISS first launched on Nov. 20, 1998, the space station serves as a unique science lab that provides insights into living and working beyond Earth. Honeywell technology enables the space station’s command and data handling, docking systems, environmental control and life support systems, structures and mechanisms, and guidance, navigation and control.
41 different types of products that Honeywell provides for the ISS are manufactured by Aerospace sites in Glendale, Tempe and Tucson, Ariz.; Clearwater, Fla.; Torrance, Calif., and Minneapolis, Minn.
“There are hundreds of people across Honeywell who have spent years building a phenomenal space legacy,” Kurt Meister, Vice President of Space for Honeywell Aerospace, said at the celebration. “Your efforts have made it possible for the International Space Station to perform its mission to explore space and advance science on multiple fronts.”
The ISS has been visited by astronauts from 14 countries and conducted more than 1,500 experiments to enable long-term space exploration. The first crew docked with the space station on Nov. 2, 2000, resulting in today’s ISS representing the longest continuous human presence in space.
Employees at the celebration in Glendale heard from retired NASA Astronaut William Gregory, who served aboard the Space shuttle Endeavor, and signed a congratulatory banner to mark the historic milestone.
Guests toured Glendale’s Exploration Development Lab, where engineers are creating the next generation of Honeywell avionics for space vehicles; the Momentum Control System Lab, where engineers and customers develop and verify applications of spacecraft momentum and tracking control; and space product production and test areas, where avionics, momentum control and isolation products are manufactured for spacecraft.
The event also was attended by local government officials, including Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, and representatives from local offices of the area’s Congressional delegation.
Some Honeywell products were included on the ISS at the time of its initial launch, and 145 components of the NASA Docking System from Honeywell are due to be delivered next year. The cutting-edge space laboratory orbits Earth every 90 minutes.
Watch NASA’s congratulatory message to Honeywell below.