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NASA Reports: Sponge-Jet Blasts Off as “Superior Technology”

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Today, corrosion control is a major consideration for industries worldwide. From bridge maintenance, lead abatement, marine operations, and nuclear remediation, to aerospace, aviation, and power generation, there is a growing demand to enlist equipment sensitive, worker-friendly, environmentally conscious solutions to meet surface preparation challenges.

This means organizations everywhere are seeking safer abrasive blasting methods to eliminate, substitute, or isolate traditional, environmentally damaging techniques used in large-scale operations. The goal: reduce exposure limits to hazardous airborne particulate that is polluting the landscape and impacting worker health.

NASA and Abrasive Blasting

As we know, all metal structures require scheduled maintenance to protect against corrosion. However, for an organization like the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), this means an even greater challenge. With both manned and unmanned space programs subject to highly and moderately corrosive environments, NASA must maintain its equipment more regularly than many other organizations.

So, to remain compliant with federal, state, and local environmental regulations, NASA must reduce and eliminate conventional coating removal systems that generate hazardous waste and costly disposal fees.

NASA Report Selects Sponge-Jet® as Alternative Low-Emission Surface Preparation Technology

To increase environmental stewardship, NASA conducted a 3-year study on the “Cost-Benefit Analysis for Alternative Low-Emission Surface Preparation/Depainting Technologies for Structural Steel.”

Within this analysis, large-area structural steel applications for launch pads, test stands, and ground support equipment were scrutinized against alternative abrasive blasting technologies, systems, and standards. Both economic value and effectiveness