DTE Energy Technologies' Cable Wise Testing System Helps NASA's Space Vehicles Get off the Ground

Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from DTE Energy Technologies

    FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- DTE Energy Technologies,
 a non-regulated subsidiary of DTE Energy (NYSE:   DTE), has used its exclusive
 cable|wise services to support today's launch of the space shuttle STS-100 and
 the recent launch of the Mars Odyssey spacecraft.  The technology was used to
 test 15,000-volt distribution system cables and oil switches feeding power to
 both Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS).
     The cable|wise services condition assessment system uses an innovative
 partial-discharge measurement method to test inaccessible transmission and
 distribution system cables and equipment while in operation.  This avoids the
 usual practice of shutting down cables to test for potential problems.
     NASA and the Air Force had been experiencing intermittent concerns with
 its electrical distribution system at KSC/CCAFS, which powers everything from
 spacecraft launch control systems to launch pad lighting.  Experts from DTE
 Energy Technologies spent 10 days at the launch site in late March to test the
 electrical system as launch preparations continued.
     "We have had flawless launches as a result.  The cable|wise services
 identified faulty switches and cable sections so we could take appropriate
 action to make sure that the launch program went smoothly," said Lawrence W.
 Salberg, P.E., Principal Engineer for Space Gateway Support Design
 Engineering, in support of its customers -- NASA and the U.S. Air Force.
     DTE Energy Technologies provides cable|wise services technology worldwide
 and is the only company offering the testing while equipment is operating,
 according to Nagu N. Srinivas, Manager, cable|wise services.
     DTE Energy Technologies is a diversified high-technology company offering
 a broad range of distributed generation and energy management products and
 services to solve the energy-related challenges of commercial, residential and
 industrial customers.  Among these are energy|now(TM) brand electric power
 systems that provide both on-site and standby power economically, cost-
 effectively and in an environmentally sound manner.
     DTE Energy Technologies' parent company, DTE Energy, is an $11 billion
 (assets) diversified energy company involved in the development and management
 of energy-related businesses and services nationwide.  Its principal operating
 subsidiary is Detroit Edison, an electric utility serving 2.1 million
 customers in Southeastern Michigan.  DTE Energy recently announced plans to
 merge with MCN Energy Group, parent company of Michigan Consolidated Gas Co.,
 a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan.  The proposed
 company, DTE Energy, would be the largest energy utility in the state.  More
 information can be obtained at DTE Energy's Website, http://www.dteenergy.com
 
 

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    FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- DTE Energy Technologies,
 a non-regulated subsidiary of DTE Energy (NYSE:   DTE), has used its exclusive
 cable|wise services to support today's launch of the space shuttle STS-100 and
 the recent launch of the Mars Odyssey spacecraft.  The technology was used to
 test 15,000-volt distribution system cables and oil switches feeding power to
 both Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS).
     The cable|wise services condition assessment system uses an innovative
 partial-discharge measurement method to test inaccessible transmission and
 distribution system cables and equipment while in operation.  This avoids the
 usual practice of shutting down cables to test for potential problems.
     NASA and the Air Force had been experiencing intermittent concerns with
 its electrical distribution system at KSC/CCAFS, which powers everything from
 spacecraft launch control systems to launch pad lighting.  Experts from DTE
 Energy Technologies spent 10 days at the launch site in late March to test the
 electrical system as launch preparations continued.
     "We have had flawless launches as a result.  The cable|wise services
 identified faulty switches and cable sections so we could take appropriate
 action to make sure that the launch program went smoothly," said Lawrence W.
 Salberg, P.E., Principal Engineer for Space Gateway Support Design
 Engineering, in support of its customers -- NASA and the U.S. Air Force.
     DTE Energy Technologies provides cable|wise services technology worldwide
 and is the only company offering the testing while equipment is operating,
 according to Nagu N. Srinivas, Manager, cable|wise services.
     DTE Energy Technologies is a diversified high-technology company offering
 a broad range of distributed generation and energy management products and
 services to solve the energy-related challenges of commercial, residential and
 industrial customers.  Among these are energy|now(TM) brand electric power
 systems that provide both on-site and standby power economically, cost-
 effectively and in an environmentally sound manner.
     DTE Energy Technologies' parent company, DTE Energy, is an $11 billion
 (assets) diversified energy company involved in the development and management
 of energy-related businesses and services nationwide.  Its principal operating
 subsidiary is Detroit Edison, an electric utility serving 2.1 million
 customers in Southeastern Michigan.  DTE Energy recently announced plans to
 merge with MCN Energy Group, parent company of Michigan Consolidated Gas Co.,
 a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan.  The proposed
 company, DTE Energy, would be the largest energy utility in the state.  More
 information can be obtained at DTE Energy's Website, http://www.dteenergy.com
 
 SOURCE  DTE Energy Technologies