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On 8 February, Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions Division announced that ELV (part of Italy’s Avio Group) has contracted it to provide a COTS-based telemetry system for the European Space Agency’s next-generation cost-effective VEGA-C launcher.

 

This agreement represents the first use of Curtiss-Wright’s groundbreaking radiation tolerant Smart Backplane technology on a European launch vehicle. Under the contract, Curtiss-Wright will provide ELV with a full telemetry system, including data acquisition, data handling, and RF transmission. The VEGA-C development contract runs from January 2017 until first launch in June 2019, with a value estimated at $5 million. The value of the subsequent production phase is estimated at more than $10 million over the lifetime of the program.

 

We are very excited about being selected by ELV to provide our cost-effective Space COTS telemetry system for use on the Vega-C, especially as this is our first avionics design win on a European launcher,” said Lynn Bamford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Defense Solutions division. “Our unique Smart Backplane technology enables radiation-tolerant electronics to be used in many applications across many market sectors, allowing lower cost COTS modules to be reliably used in harsh space environments.” Curtiss-Wright will develop and manufacture the telemetry system for VEGA-C at its facilities in Dublin, Ireland.

 

Curtiss-Wright’s solution for the VEGA-C telemetry system employs its Smart Backplane technology. (Photo: Curtiss-Wright)

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