Honeywell gas detectors serve emergency backup role in U.S. rocket launch to destroy spy satellite

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Courtesy of Honeywell Analytics, Inc.

A U.S. Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) enabled by Honeywell technology recently shot down a rogue U.S. spy satellite in space carrying over 1000 pounds of hydrazine, a highly toxic chemical used in rocket fuel. Meanwhile, Honeywell Analytics gas detection technology played a critical backup role in the operation: the company’s Single Point Monitor (SPM) was deployed at over 25 FEMA locations throughout the United States to monitor for hydrazine gas clouds in the event that the chemical was attached to any debris that fell to earth.

Nelson Rivera, Honeywell Analytics marketing manager for the High Tech Line of Business, said that the SPM demonstrates the proven colorimetric detection technology required to monitor hydrazine down to parts per billion (ppb) gas concentration levels. Honeywell Analytics is proud to report that the SPM monitor in different versions has been used by NASA for hydrazine monitoring since the 1970s.

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