Lee components served critical roles in the historic Apollo 11 mission. They were used in the Saturn rocket propulsion system that launched the astronauts into space, as well as the orbital maneuvering system on the lunar lander which set the astronauts on the moon’s surface and controlled the flow of oxygen needed by astronauts when they walked on the moon.
Lee Plugs have operated in space as early as 1961 as part of the Atlas rocket. A unique Beryllium Copper Lee Plug was specially designed to seal cross-drilled holes in copper manifolds that controlled flow from liquid oxygen tanks to the engines of launch vehicles.
Lee Jets, Lee Bender Jets or Lee Visco Jets have been used on every U.S. and European launch vehicle since the 1960s. Ranging from commercial off-the-shelf items to custom material restrictors calibrated on nitrogen for extremely low flow with tight tolerances and cleaned in The Lee Company’s clean room.
Multiple Lee miniature fluid control components served critical functions on systems throughout the Space Shuttle. This included applications in the main engine, flight control system and cabin accessories.
The Lee Company supplies miniature fluid control components for the International Space Station. Titanium safety screens are used in the waste system to avoid corrosion and specially calibrated Lee Visco Jets are used in the water processing and oxygen generation systems.
Lee components have traveled into deep space like the Voyager probe, and were instrumental in JAXA’s seven-year Hayabusa mission to return samples from an asteroid. We also helped equip the Cassini-Huygens space-research mission – a collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency, and Italian Space Agency – to send a probe to study the planet Saturn and its system.
Launch vehicles require dozens of check valves throughout first and second stage propulsion systems. Lee Check Valves offer high flow in a reliable, compact package. For the space industry, The Lee Company has designed line mount configurations utilizing custom elastomeric valve seats compatible with a variety of fluids that eliminate leakage in high temperature and pressure environments.
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