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Rex Gauge durometer recognized as a Certified Space Technology

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 1, 2005) — The Space Foundation announced today that the Rex Gauge Company’s custom durometer SG-5000 is officially recognized as a Certified Space Technology ™. The SG-5000 was flown aboard Space Shuttle Mission STS-114 to enable astronauts to test an experimental technique developed to repair thermal protection tiles that may have sustained damaged during lift off. The Rex Gauge Company of Buffalo Grove, Ill., worked with engineers at Lockheed Martin and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to develop a durometer that could endure the extreme conditions of outer space while remaining easy to use. Durometers measure the hardness of rubber, plastic, and other non-metallic materials. “The Space Foundation is pleased to certify the SG-5000 durometer,” said Kevin Cook, director of brand management for the Space Foundation. “We applaud the Rex Gauge Company for its innovation in creating technology that can withstand the rigors of space exploration.” Since the dawn of the space era, the world’s best engineers at NASA have been developing advanced technologies that fuel America’s efforts in space and also result in a number of earthly applications. The Space Certification Program, managed by the Space Foundation, provides official recognition for qualified products and services incorporating those space technologies. For more information, visit About the Rex Gauge Company, Inc. The Rex Gauge Company, Inc., a division of Schultes Precision Manufacturing, is located in Buffalo Grove, Ill., and has been specializing in quality durometers for more than sixty years. Rex durometers can be customized to meet any specific measurement needs and are easy and convenient to use as well as durable and extremely accurate. For more information, visit About the Space Foundation Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, the Space Foundation is a national nonprofit organization that vigorously advances civil, commercial, and national security space endeavors and educational excellence. The Space Foundation has offices in Washington, D.C., and Cape Canaveral, Fla. The Space Foundation annually conducts, along with its partnering organizations, Florida Space 2005, Nov. 15-17 at the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex, Fla.; the Foundation’s signature event, the National Space Symposium, April 3-6, 2006, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Strategic Space, 10-12 Oct. 2006 in Omaha, Neb. For more information, visit