NLB Corporation

StarJet system preps runway used for space shuttle landing

When the space shuttle Endeavour made its final landing Sept. 21 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), it arrived on a runway maintained by a StarJet pavement marking removal system from NLB Corp. 

The StarJet, operated by Sterndahl Enterprises, Inc. of Sun Valley, Calif. removes old runway markings and rubber build-up with high-pressure water jets (up to 40,000 psi) without the pavement damage that often results from abrasives or grinding.  The self-contained system has rotating water jet nozzles on a front-mounted articulating arm with a pump unit, water tank, and vacuum system to recover the water and debris.