Innovative Hydraulics, a custom hydraulic cylinder manufacturer headquartered in Wausau, Wisconsin, has been awarded a contract to design and manufacture fluid power products in support of NASA’s Artemis program.
Innovative Hydraulics will design and manufacture fluid power products for NASA’s exploration ground systems, which transport NASA’s space launch system rocket from its hanger bay to the launch site at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
With the Artemis program, NASA plans to land the first woman and next man on the moon by 2024, using innovative technologies to explore more of the lunar surface than ever before.
NASA will collaborate with commercial and international partners and establish sustainable exploration by the end of the decade, using what it learned on and around the moon to take the next giant leap – sending astronauts to Mars.
NASA named the program Artemis in honor of Apollo’s twin sister in Greek mythology, the goddess of the moon. The name aligns well with a project goal of landing the first woman on the moon, while honoring the Apollo program’s success in the 1960s.