02 April 2006
02 April 2006
Alliance Spacesystems and Vision Composites will merge to bring together engineering and manufacturing expertise on projects ranging from Mars rover robotics to products for use in applications on Earth.
“Both of our companies have reputations for meeting and exceeding the demands of the most exacting customers,” said ASI president and CEO René Fradet. ASI and Vision have already partnered on several space projects and share many of the same principal customers including NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the Air Force, Northrop Grumman, Inc., Boeing, and Lockheed Martin Space Systems.
Both ASI and Vision contributed to NASA’s highly successful Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. ASI developed and built the agile, instrument-laden robotic arm for each rover, and Vision produced the rovers’ complex equipment deck. The rovers are still operating and returning scientific findings more than two years after their planned three-month missions.
The merger enables ASI and Vision to provide aerospace customers with a single resource for the design and fabrication of composite space structures. Previously ASI had to rely on outside vendors for composites manufacturing, but the merger will enable the company to provide competitive, industry-class solutions for both build-to-print and built-to-specification space structures. “There are very few companies in the marketplace that can provide the capabilities that the merged company can offer and probably no company that can be as agile and cost effective in providing those capabilities,” said Vision president and CEO Ted Cheng.
Ceramicx, Ireland, has completed an 1800 m2 expansion to its production facility, doubling capacity for the manufacture of infrared heating equipment for the composites industry.
Solvay has inaugurated a new centre in Wrexham, UK, for manufacturing structural adhesives and surfacing films for the aerospace market.
The new laboratory facilities of recently founded TPAC (ThermoPlastic composites Application Centre) were opened by Anka Mulder, President of Saxion University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands, on 14 September.