Curtiss-Wright Dublin has been a member of the Space Industry Skillnet for over a decade. It was recently awarded the largest ESA-related contract ever given to an Irish-based operation, a contract worth €4.5m. The confidence placed in Curtiss-Wright by the award of this contract establishes the Dublin operation as one of the world leaders in the use of COTS (Commercial Orbital Transportation Services) electronics equipment in critical space applications and raises the profile of Ireland’s space industry in the global space marketplace.

Italy’s ELV SpA (Avio Group), the prime contractor on the Vega-C Launcher System and GPM Development and Qualification Program for the European Space Agency (ESA), selected Curtiss-Wright Dublin to develop and manufacture a COTS-based telemetry data system for the new launcher. The Vega-C rocket will be launched from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. ESA’s requirement for Vega-C flights include a nominal of three launches per year, with expected demand for at least four per year.

“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.”

Last year Curtiss-Wright employees undertook a variety of training programmes with Space Industry Skillnet such as: OrCAD Capture training, Space Launcher Avionics Electronics Assembly Production and IPMA Strategic Project Management.

Site Manager and Director of Engineering Aidan Darmody commented on the importance of network membership stating “The Space Industry Skillnet has been providing access to skills training support for our staff in Curtiss-Wright in Dublin, as well as our supply chain companies engaged in space programs, for more than 10 years and this has contributed to the growth of our space business.”

The contract announcement was made during a visit to Curtiss-Wright’s Dublin facility by Minister of State for Training and Skills, John Halligan T.D. where he congratulated the team involved saying; “This is a significant achievement by an Irish-based operation working at the cutting edge of space technologies. This contract award demonstrates how Irish operations, such as Curtiss-Wright’s facility in Dublin, are developing technologies to the highest levels of performance and reliability for the European space program. These technologies have the potential to lead to increased sales in the global market and the creation of high value jobs in Irish operations in line with the Government’s strategy for Ireland’s membership of ESA.”