Supreme Integrated Technology, Inc. (SIT), has joined forces with Space Perspective, the leading luxury space travel company in completing a new project. Starting in late 2024, Space Perspective Explorers will safely ascend to the edge of space in a climate-controlled, pressurized capsule, propelled by a SpaceBalloon™ rather than rockets, to experience the phenomenal beauty of Earth from space. The two companies are working together for retrieval operations of the capsule and its passengers at the conclusion of their space journey.
A large A-frame is needed to retrieve both the space capsule and the fast boat meeting the capsule from its specific landing location. Space Perspective was looking to retrofit an existing offshore service vessel (OSV) to accommodate this mission and needed to design a custom A-frame to accomplish the task. SIT was willing to assist with the design, starting from a “rough sketch idea” while working with Space Perspective to determine the specifications to make this system safer, including having it meet the recommended ship classification to ensure safety for space travelers.
“We looked at several vendors to support this critical need, and SIT was the clear choice thanks to their well-established reputation and deep engineering bench,” said Taber MacCallum, Founder and Co-CEO of Space Perspective.
The entire design required creativity from the SIT engineering team in collaboration with the Space Perspective engineers to ensure passenger safety and deliver a smooth, comfortable transport from capsule to the OSV. SIT’s scope of supply included:
- A-frame structure
- Luffing cylinders
- Retrieval winch
- Two tugger winches
- Hydraulic power unit
SIT has built a valuable working relationship with Space Perspective, with respect for their mission to share the transformative power of space travel with as many people as possible. SIT earned this trust through quick responsiveness to a difficult application, as SIT is a small, 100% employee-ownership company with nimbleness to deliver a turnkey solution.
SIT’s engineering expertise transforms ideas into success for hydraulic or electric powered moveable structures. Using innovative methodologies, SIT gives customers a single-source solution for marine, civil, Jacking System, industrial, aerospace & military applications. SIT is part of EOHI, a 100% employee owned company based in Houston, Texas and also the parent of Hydraquip, Inc., GCC, and Elite Controls, Inc. For other information about SIT and our family of employee owned companies, please visit www.supremeintegratedtechnology.com.
About Space Perspective
Space Perspective is the world’s first luxury spaceflight experience company, led by industry luminaries Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum. Starting in late 2024, Space Perspective will take Explorers to space inside Spaceship Neptune’s pressurized capsule propelled by a high-performance SpaceBalloon™ without using rocket fuel or high G forces. Space Explorers see the world anew through its vast windows, 450 miles in any direction. The ultra-comfortable, accessible, and gentle six-hour journey redefines space travel. In a ranking of the top six space travel offerings, Observer cited Space Perspective as the best suborbital space tourism experience in the world.Spaceperspective.com
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