Sypris to Make and Test Electronic Hardware for Deep Space Aircraft
Tampa, Florida-based Sypris Electronics, LLC, a subsidiary of Sypris Solutions, Inc. was selected to provide electronic assemblies for power management and other systems for a deep space aircraft. Under the follow-on award from a U.S. Department of Defense prime contractor, Sypris will manufacture and test the electronic hardware for a government spacecraft program. Production is expected to begin in 2021. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
The spacecraft is designed to serve as the exploration vehicle that will carry the crew to space, provide emergency abort capability, sustain missions and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities. The spacecraft will utilize advances in propulsion, communications, life support, structural design, navigation and power according to news releases. With destinations including near-Earth asteroids, the Moon, the moons of Mars and eventually Mars itself, the spacecraft is expected to carry astronauts into a new era of exploration.
“Sypris has been manufacturing space electronic hardware for many years for top-tier instrumentation, satellite and spacecraft providers,” said Jim Long, vice president and general manager of Sypris Electronics. “The opportunity to continue and expand our participation on this program is a privilege for Sypris Electronics. Our customer is a leader in the space industry and we look forward to working closely with them to ensure that this mission-critical program is a success.”