(Image Credit: NASA)
Permalight® in Space
In 2010, in collaboration with the Habitability and Human Factors Branch of the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, Permalight® Super High Performance Photo Luminescent (SHPPL) Rigid PVC was rigorously tested by NASA Engineers and successfully passed their flammability test, off-gassing test and luminance test among others. As a result, American Permalight®, Inc. had its Photoluminescent Markings installed in the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the Emergency Egress Guidance System (EEGS).
Initially, a demo kit was installed in orbit and after crew feedback on its effectiveness, the complete emergency egress guidance system (EEGS) installation using Permalight® SHPPL PVC was approved for launch on Progress resupply mission 40P which launched on 10/27/2010.
By January 2011, Permalight® Photoluminescent PVC emergency egress markers were installed on all the ISS modules: Node 1, Node 2, Node 3, Airlock, PMM (US stowage module), U.S. Lab, Columbus (European Lab), JEM (Japanese Lab) and JLP (Japanese Stowage module).
We are very proud to be a supplier to NASA after their rigorous testing procedures and be the Photoluminescent manufacturer to have its products installed in the ISS.
A dexterous laboratory in space
ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst on the International Space Station. In the background: Four photoluminescent PVC emergency egress markers by American Permalight®, Inc. (Image: ESA / NASA; Source)