Covid-19 Study Measuring Droplet Travel Distance With Laser Light

2020 has been a challenging year with the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. The novel virus — known as SARS-CoV-2 or more colloquially Covid-19 — has shut down the globe for many months. As research on the illness continues, knowledge of the disease is rapidly evolving. For example, research suggests the virus is transmitted through coughing sneezing and even speech droplets. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the official journal of the National Academy of Sciences, found. “Highly sensitive laser light scattering observations have revealed that loud speech can emit thousands of oral fluid droplets per second.” CDC guidelines have recommended such things as facemasks and 6 feet apart social distancing because of these findings. 

Researchers estimate that droplets can travel 16 feet when walking. As for running, droplets can spread an estimated 32 feet travel distance minus a tailwind. Certain variables in a room can also contribute to airborne spread such as temperature, humidity, open windows, and air quality. Droplets will usually vanish in a matter of 15 minutes or so. If a person competes in a track race, the other runners may still be at risk of infection because of the droplets from other runners. 

Scientists have suggested that — like the common flu — Covid-19 is something humanity may have to coexist with. With modern medicine, we have the best chance in fighting such a virus. Medical teams and staff and health care workers are working around the clock to give the world hope for a better tomorrow. Lenox Laser sends our best to everyone out there affected, and our sincere thanks to healthcare workers the tremendous efforts put forth every day. Thank you, and stay safe. 
 
If you would like to read more, click here to read an article about the spreading of Covid-19

James Webb Telescope Launch Update

The James Webb Space Telescope is on quite a state of evolutions in its journey to launch, and that journey is not over. Initially, the launch date for the Telescope was in 2007, but now the estimated launch date is set for some time in March of 2021. The original 2007 launch had the project at the cost of $500 million. Due to several delays with the global coronavirus pandemic, the project now has an estimated cost of $10 billion. Wrong cleaning solvents and fasteners misused on the Telescope mirrors caused the latest delay in the launch. The journeys of space entail massive planning, and with that comes unforeseen changes. However, if history has taught anything, it is that changes like these can lead to great achievements. 

For all its adjustments and changes, James Webb had a successful testing and full deployment of its mirror systems in early June 2020. Despite setbacks, NASA will not decrease the funding budget for this massive project. The James Webb Space Telescope has been in the works for nearly three decades. With enormous effort behind it, a new date will hopefully come soon for the launch. For more information about James Webb and other NASA ventures that involved Lenox Laser, visit our blog. We will give updates on this ongoing venture when possible and send best wishes to all included in the project. 

SpaceX Demo-2 Launch Update

On May 27, 2020, SpaceX and NASA are planning to launch the SpaceX Demo-2 mission for its own Crew Dragon spacecraft. It will be the first American astronaut mission for SpaceX. SpaceX is founded in 2002 by Tesla creator, Elon Musk. His hopes are to use the program to have human colonization of Mars in the future. Two astronauts will pilot the mission — Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken — which, if successful, will last three months. The cost of this mission is near a staggering $8 billion venture, and it is hoped that this mission marks the first time that SpaceX has ever put a human in space.

The crew will travel to the International Space Station, where they are expected to stay for more than 100 days. As this is also NASA’s first shuttle mission since 2011, the readiness review for the journey will be given today if all goes to plan. SpaceX has had significant success in the past with the launch of 60 satellites for its Starlink program. The mission’s astronauts have entered a strict final quarantine before launch, and they are in final preparations for the ambitious May 27 launch. One of the mission’s most significant measures is to ensure that no one involved has tested positive for SARS-CoV-2.

With this groundbreaking mission, it is hoped that SpaceX can hit the ground running with an extensive, constantly evolving list of innovations for not only space travel, but the world. It is certainly true today that technology knows no bounds. We at Lenox Laser would like to wish SpaceX the absolute best of luck with this endeavor. The world cheers you on. To read more about this mission, please go to SpaceX’s website.

Courtesy of NASA

Lenox Earns the Contractor Team Spirit Award

The NASA space missions have been an unforgettable and permanent part of American history. A recent example is the STEREO mission; the objective of the STEREO mission was to study the sun’s many particles, compositions, and solar winds. Many photos were taken since the mission launch from Cape Canaveral on October 26, 2006. It lasted 12 years despite being planned for only two. The images taken from the mission could then be viewed as a 3-D image. Lenox Laser had the prestigious honor to design some of the instruments that would help guide STEREOS imaging systems.

For our part, Lenox Laser worked on the NASA/GFCF focus test for the EUV imager that would be put on board the STEREO. NASA’s Instrument Systems and Technology Division, the Contractor Team Spirit Award – was presented to Lenox Laser for our hard work. Without this and all other contributions to the STEREO, the images would not have been what they are today. The honor was beyond humbling for us. We hope to continue to watch NASA’s innovations in their awe-inspiring glory.

Courtesy of NASA

Lenox Laser can never put a price on the honor that it was to receive this award. To learn more about NASA itself or the other missions that we were honored to be part of, please visit Lenoxlaser.com and to explore the missions and even greater detail, visit NASA.com. Our thanks go out to all involved in helping make this award possible. It was a nod for the feat of engineering.

The Hubble Space Telescope – 30th Anniversary

April 24, 1990 would see the very first launch of the Hubble Space Telescope. Many of its missions and
accomplishments would go on to change how we look at space today. Next week, on April 24, 2020, the
telescope will mark its 30th anniversary. To mark the occasion, we at Lenox Laser are looking back at the
legacy of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Picture courtesy of NASA

When Hubble was being carried by the space shuttle Discovery (OV103), it was thought Hubble would only last an estimated 15 years. Still operational today in 2020, however, it
is believed that it could last for possibly another two decades. The Hubble Space Telescope is the largest
space-based object telescope ever to be built orbiting 353 million miles above the earth and is completely
unmanned. The Hubble Space Telescope can travel about 5 miles per second and record 350 gigabytes of
data for research every month. Interestingly, anyone can apply to use the Hubble Space Telescope but only
about a fifth of those applications are accepted. In its time, the Hubble Space Telescope has made over 1.3
million observations of stars, planets, and galaxies. The final shuttle mission to the Hubble Space Telescope
took place on May 11, 2009.

Lenox Laser had the great fortune to be a part of the Hubble’s legacy starting in
1981 by helping design custom slits for the telescopes many instruments. We would also design custom
crosshair fiducials, which can be any object place in the field-of-view of an imaging system. They can be used
for many types of surveys, such as radiological and geological. Lenox Laser cannot be more grateful for such a
tremendous once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You can read more about Lenox Laser’s involvement here or if
you are interested in our optical solutions that we offer click here.

The Hubble Space Telescope has given a
massive new perspective on the views of space. 30 years is a great achievement, here’s to the hope that space
exploration never stops growing. To learn more about the Hubble Space Telescope, please visit NASA.

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