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Venus Express, Powered by VPT, Taking Measurements During Historic Transit

June 6, 2012 – It is getting cosmic around here! VPT is powering systems on ESA’s Venus Express, launched in 2005. Yesterday and today this spacecraft was busy taking measurements during the transit of Venus across the Sun.

According to the Venus Express blog, the spacecraft orbiting Venus is measuring sunlight as it filters through Venus’ atmosphere, revealing the concentration of different gas molecules at different altitudes. Simultaneous ground-based measurements will be compared with Venus Express data to test techniques use to characterize rocky Earth-size planets.

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SpaceX Falcon 9, Dragon Mission Reaches ISS Successfully with Power by VPT

May 29, 2012 – Last week  Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon spacecraft bound for the International Space Station (ISS). After orbiting, the Dragon capsule successfully attached to the ISS to deliver food and supplies to the astronauts stationed there.

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) made history when its Dragon spacecraft became the first commercial vehicle in history to successfully attach to the International Space Station.  Previously only four governments  – the United States, Russia, Japan and the European Space Agency  – had achieved this challenging technical feat.

VPT is proud to be a part of the excitement, powering a variety of environmental, antenna, and safety controls on board both the Falcon 9 rocket and the Dragon space capsule.

View the grappling and berthing of the Dragon capsule, courtesy of NASA:


VPT Breaks Ground for New Headquarters in Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center

VPT breaks ground on a new headquarters in Blacksburg, VA. From left: Steve Butler, VP of Engineering for VPT, John Hodock, CFO for VPT, Dr. Dan Sable, President of VPT, Shawn Graham, COO & Executive Director of Quality, and Joe Meredith, President of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.

BLACKSBURG, VA, April 17, 2012 – VPT Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI), recently broke ground on a new headquarters facility  in Blacksburg Virginia. The new facility will serve as VPT’s research and development center and will be located in the award-winning office park, the  Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.

““We are pleased to be expanding into this state-of-the-art research facility,” said Dr. Dan Sable, President of VPT. “We’ve grown appreciably over the last several years and the time is right to invest in the next phase of our corporate success.  The new facility will offer several new amenities to enhance our R&D capabilities as we continue to develop new power conversion technologies for the avionics, military, and space markets.””

VPT anticipates moving to the new location in the fourth quarter of this year.  The move will not affect VPT’s manufacturing operations, which are located in a separate facility.

The artist rendition of VPT's new headquarters, which will also serve as the company's R&D facility.

The Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center is the recipient of the 2010 Outstanding Research/Science Park Award given by the Association of
University Research Parks (AURP).

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VPT Encouraging Entrepreneurship Through Virginia Tech KnowledgeWorks Program Sponsorship

VPT is now a proud sponsor of Virginia Tech’s KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week. Dr. Dan Sable, president of VPT, will serve as a judge for the program this coming August 19-25, 2012, to be held in both Blacksburg and Roanoke, VA.

The third annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will bring university students, faculty, and staff from all over the world together to congregate, collaborate, form partnerships, and build their global networks. The Global Partnership is a multi-layered, ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social, academic, and business relationships.


See VPT at the Space Parts Working Group Conference

VPT’s president, Dr. Dan Sable, will give a presentation on space-qualified
hybrid DC-DC converters and accessories at this year’s Space Parts Working
Group. See Dr. Sable’s presentation on Wednesday, 4/25, at 1:25 p.m.

Space Parts Working Group (SPWG) is sponsored by The Aerospace
Corporation in cooperation with the Space and Missile Systems Center. In its
41st year, SPWG is an unclassified, international forum for disseminating
information to the aerospace industry and for resolving problems with
high-reliability electronic piece parts for space applications.

Planning to attend? Register here.

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VPT’s New DC-DC Converter Provides Zero Cross Regulation Error

for Avionics and Military Power Systems

BLACKSBURG,  VA, January 31, 2012 – VPT Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI-A)  (NYSE:HEI), announced today that it is now offering a new dual output 15W DC-DC converter with no cross regulation error.

Suited for use in commercial avionics, military  avionics, and other critical reliability power systems, the new DVAB Series is a  small size, extremely light weight, and able to withstand the full range of  military specified temperatures. The DVAB Series eliminates cross regulation  errors and offers tightly controlled line and load regulation errors through  the use of two independent control loops.

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Visit VPT at EWCI-2012 in Bangalore, India

February 21, 2012 – February 24, 2012

At India’s International Conference on Electronic Warfare, VPT’s Leonard Leslie, Manager of Space Product Engineering, will present the paper “Optimizing High Reliability Power Distribution
System Designs for Efficiency, Size, and Weight.” in a technical session.

Please visit us directly in booth #39, sponsored by Spur India.

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VPT Parent Company, HEICO, Listed as One of 100 Best Small Companies by Forbes

For the sixth consecutive year, VPT’s parent company HEICO (NYSE: HEI) has been named to Forbes’ annual “Best 200 Small Companies” list. This is the second year that HEICO has been spotlighted in the top 100.

Laurans A. Mendelson, HEICO’s Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer,  remarked, “We are honored and pleased that Forbes has bestowed this recognition on our Company. As in previous years, our outstanding Team Members continue to be the reason behind our success.”

Mr. Mendelson added, “Through the dedication and efforts of the HEICO Team
Members, we have achieved a significant growth record, with compound annual
growth rates since 1990 in sales and earnings of 17% and 18%, respectively, and
in stock price of 21%.”

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View VPT’s Extensive List of Products on DLA SMDs

Design with confidence. Procure with ease.

Enjoy these benefits when you use DC-DC converters  qualified to MIL-PRF-38534 by the Defense Logistics Agency, Land and Maritime division (formerly DSCC), in Standard Microcircuit Drawings (SMDs). 

VPT offers more than 100 standard DC-DC power converters and point of load converters on DLA SMDs. Features include:

  • 1.5 – 120 W output power
  • Single, dual, and triple outputs
  • Full performance over -55°C to +125°C military temperature range

Don’t forget your standard EMI filters, also on DLA drawings:

  • 0.8A – 15A
  • Meets MIL-STD-461 Revisions C, D, E, and F requirements for conducted emissions and susceptibility

View the complete list of SMDs and Drawings

View our tutorial video on procuring items to an SMD.

Four VPT Product Families Honored in Electronic Design’s Top 101 Components List

Electronic Design magazine recently named several VPT product families to its “Top 101 Components” list for 2011. The products included on the list are:

  • VPTc10 EMI Filter
  • DVHF 20W DC-DC Converter
  • DVTR 40W DC-DC Converter
  • DVFL 120W DC-DC Converter

Product selections for Electronic Design‘s list were based on reader interest.

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DVMSA EMI Filter Now Qualified by DLA

VPT’s DVMSA 0.8A EMI filter is now qualified by the United States Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) with a Land and Maritime drawing, #11016.

The DVMSA EMI filter provides 60dB noise rejection in a low profile (0.270″), light weight (15g), hermetic package.

Russian Space Research Institute Thanks VPT

VPT recently received a letter from the Russian Space Research Institute recognizing VPT’s contribution to the development of the Lunar Exploration Neutron Detector (LEND) for NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), launched in 2009.

In a letter, the Institute said, “Due to perfect cooperation with your company, the flight-quality secondary power converters made by VPT were delivered to us in the shortest terms possible at our special request and then they were successfully and timely integrated into the instrument having passed all the testing procedures.”

The letter went on to praise VPT with “Since the start of the LRO mission on June 19, 2009, the LEND instrument has been successfully operating as part of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter which proves high technical performance and reliability of your company’s products.”

The LEND instrument provided a unique dataset on hydrogen abundance in the lunar soil, and this data is already used by the scientific community worldwide to plan further manned missions to the Moon.

Sales Distributor Attends Electron 2011, Prague

Here’s a quick photo of our Czech Republic Sales Distributors, VUMS-POWERPRAG, doing a great job of representing VPT at a recent electronics trade show in Prague.

VPT’s Radiation Hardness Assurance Plan Approved by Defense Logistics Agency


VPT’s series of space-qualified DC-DC power converters can now be offered with an approved Radiation Hardness Assurance Plan from the DLA Land and Maritime.

BLACKSBURG, VA, May 31, 2011 –

VPT, Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI), received approval of its Radiation Hardness Assurance Plan from the United States Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Land and Maritime, the office of primary involvement for MIL-PRF-38534. As a result of this approval, VPT’s series of space-qualified DC-DC power converters will appear imminently on Standard Military Drawings (SMDs) with a radiation assurance level P.

Specifically, the DLA certified VPT to MIL-PRF-38534 Appendix G, Radiation Hardness Assurance Requirements (RHA) for hybrid microcircuits and multi-chip modules.

With the new radiation hardness (RH) certification, VPT customers can be confident that the procedures and practices in place for making the RH assurances have been reviewed and approved by industry experts in the field of radiation hardening for electronics. Under the new approved plan, VPT’s radiation hardness procedures will be subject to regular audits and approvals by the DLA.
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VPT Recognized for Excellence by L-3

L-3 Presents the Platinum Excellence Award to VPT. From left: Stephen Eiting , VP Operations, L-3, Dr. Dan Sable, President and CEO, VPT, Charles Ball, Manager of Supplier Quality, L-3 and Fred Hirsch, Director of Operations Quality Assurance, L-3.

BLACKSBURG, VA, May 23, 2011 –

VPT, Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI), received a Platinum Excellence Award this month from L-3 Communications Systems – West. The award recognizes VPT as “achieving exceptional supplier quality and delivery performance.”

As one of just two suppliers to receive the platinum level of the award this year, VPT also received a luncheon and in-person presentation of the award.

VPT enjoys a long history with L-3, powering a myriad of technologies for the company including satellite links, flight controls, and communications systems for use in military UAVs, satellites, and ground vehicles.

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VPT’s Parent Company Featured on Fox Business News

Heico Chairman and CEO Laurans Mendelson discusses the aerospace business and the outlook of the current aircraft market.

Tune in to learn about how the current cycle of aircraft maintenance and upgrades is expected to affect Heico and subsidiaries including VPT.

View the video now: “Heico’s Aero Business Takes Off.”

Catch Up with VPT at the Space Parts Working Group, April 26-27.

Dr. Dan Sable, President of VPT, will make a presentation at the Space Parts Working Group Conference in Torrance, CA on April 26, 2011.  He will present the topic ”VPT Radiation-Hardened DC-DC Converters.”


VPT Employees Donate for Japan Relief

VPT and its employees pulled together and donated more than $14,000 to the American Red Cross for Japan earthquake and tsunami relief. Dr. Dan Sable, president of VPT, presented the check to the American Red Cross at a fundraising event at the Texas Roadhouse restaurant on Tuesday, March 29.

Mike Bosmann, Sr. VP of Sales and Marketing, commented, “The recent chain of events in Japan has resulted in a humanitarian, economic, and environmental crisis never seen before. From this distance, we realized that providing monetary donations is the best, fastest way to help those in dire need. VPT employees are honored to assist the people of Japan in rebuilding their lives and restoring their country.”

Totally Cool! Mercury Messenger, Powered by VPT, Reaches Orbit

NASA’s spacecraft, Mercury Messenger, is now all set to explore our system’s “smallest and strangest” planet. Check it out!

Read the USA Today article.

Read about the mission on NASA’s website.