What a Sensor Sees – in Aerospace

Moving at 2,468 km/h

A rocket is an extremely complex device from a structural, aerodynamic, and operational perspective. Our low profile miniature pressure sensors are embedded at various critical locations on the skin (outer surface) of the airframe.

As the rocket launches, these pressure sensors are exposed to the air as it flows over the rocket surfaces. Because launch velocities are quite high (exceed Mach 4 or 3000 mph), the air applies substantial pressures and forces to the rocket skin and airframe creating an extremely harsh environment. Our pressure sensors monitor these forces to be certain they remain within the design limits of the airframe. This data is also used to guide future airframe designs to be more reliable, robust, and safe. In addition, the data from our pressure sensors become an extremely important analysis tool if anything goes awry.

  1. Advanced Aviation Through Smart Sensors (English)

The horizontal stabilizer is the most complicated motor on an aircraft and TE’s sensors are helping to ensure it won’t fail. See how our sensors alert crews when the motor’s back-up system is engaged, alerting pilots and helping to reduce costly downtime.

Aerospace Sensor Applications

Long development cycles and high qualification costs require aerospace companies to identify stable, reliable, cost-effective partners. As one of the largest connectivity and sensor companies in the world, TE operates a network of design engineering groups, as well as AS9100 certified sensor manufacturing facilities, in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific, These groups support Tier 1, 2, and 3 with a wide variety of critical sensor solutions for aerospace and defense applications. By operating design and manufacturing services regionally worldwide, TE can furnish ITAR free designs and supply products close to our customers’ assembly facilities.

Thrust Position Sensor
Pressure Sensor
Thermocouple Probe
Force Sensor
Quality Statements
  • AS/EN 9100
  • ATEX
  • ESA/ESCC qualified
  • NADCAP
  • ISO 14001
  • ISO 9001
  • NASA/GSFC QUALIFIED
  • PART21G
  • TS 16949
  • Measuring Instruments Directive 2004/22/EC ANNEX D