Juntura's first trip to the NASA lab
In September of 2012, four MBA students at Rollins College were selected for the Entrepreneurial Scholar of Distinction Program. Within this program, these students consulted for the NASA Kennedy Space Center Office of Technology Transfer. The project included identifying the commercial applications for a sensor that was used as a component for determining defects in the windows of Space Shuttles that had flown in space.
Only a few short months later the Juntura Group was incorporated. Shortly after graduating from the Crummer Graduate School of Business, the group officially signed an exclusive licensing contract with NASA for several patents surrounding the inductive non-contact position sensor. These technologies are the basis for Juntura's product line.
Currently, the group is in the process of creating its first official prototypes and is on track to rapidly iterate and improve the sensors.
The name Juntura (pronounced June-Tour-Uh) is derived from a Spanish word that means "juncture." We feel that this truly encapsulates our mission of connecting innovation to industry.
Juntura's founders with Dr. Bob Youngquist
Several years ago within the Space Shuttle program, NASA scientist Dr. Robert Youngquist was tasked with a unique challenge: inspecting the windows of Space Shuttles after they returned to earth. While creating a device to carefully inspect every crack, dent, and defect with incredibly high accuracy, Dr. Bob ran into an issue. This issue was that he needed to be able to move a camera carefully across the window and determine its location with a high deal of accuracy. After searching for a pre-made solution and coming up short, he did what any brilliant NASA physicist would do — invent the solution.
His answer was to create an inductive linear non-contact position sensor. This sensor elegantly solved his problem perfectly, fitting all of the stringent specifications set out by NASA. Now, this sensor's technology is available within the Juntura Group sensor line and allows U.S. citizens to benefit from the investments by our government into NASA.