Space Certification Program

Wireless Remote Switch is Certified Space Technology

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The Space Foundation’s newest Space Certification Partner, PulseSwitch Systems, LC, of Norfolk, Va., is recognized for its licensed product, a batteryless, wireless remote switch marketed under the name Lightning Switch®. The switch uses NASA-developed Thunder® technology to self-power a radio frequency transmitter, sending an ID-encoded signal to a Lightning® receiver. It provides portable, remote control of electrical loads at distances of up to 100 feet or at unlimited range with optional repeaters.

Thunder, which is the piezoelectric element that generates electric power, is a breakthrough technology from NASA space research. In 2007, Lightning Switch was named one of NASA’s top 20 spinoff technologies of the past five years. Lighting Switch is a winner of the International NOVA Award for innovation in construction technology, and the SPIE Smart Structures Product Implementation Award. Lightning Switch is also featured in the Department of Housing and Urban Developments PATH Concept Homes. Lightning Switch is manufactured and sold under license from NASA.

Lightning® components are used in the PulseStar® Lighting System, which is a unique, highly efficient and flexible lighting system that uses a much smaller percentage of the electricity used by older technologies. PulseStar saves the most in places traditionally served by high-intensity discharge lamps, such as the metal halides and T12 fluorescents used in warehouses, distribution centers, manufacturing facilities, retail space, gymnasiums, parking garages and convention centers.

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This article is part of Space Watch: January 2013 (Volume: 12, Issue: 1).