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VPT Supports Virgina Tech Space Science and Engineering Program with 4th Donation

Check presentation to Virginia Tech with Dr. Dan Sable and John Hodock of VPTJuly 1, 2013 – VPT recently provided its fourth $15,000 donation to Virginia Tech’s Space Science and Engineering Program.

Virginia Tech’s Center for Space Science and Engineering Research, which has grown into a nationally recognized research center, was initially created with a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

VPT’s CEO, Dr. Dan Sable (pictured on the left), has served as the chairman of the Virginia Tech Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Industrial Advisory Board where he was instrumental in founding the Space Science and Engineering Research program at Virginia Tech.  Congratulations Space@VT Program!

 

Visit Us At Upcoming Space Industry Events!

Space Tech Expo 2014

VPT will be discussing its space qualified DC-DC converters and accessory products at this year’s Space Tech Expo, April 1 – 3 in Long Beach, CA. Space Tech Expo is known as the West Coast’s premier B2B space event for spacecraft, satellite, launch vehicles and other space related technologies. If you are planning to attend, please visit us at booth #3029 near the Open Tech Forum area. See more information about Space Tech Expo.

View Our New R&D Facility Tour!

May 17, 2013 — Check out our new video about our R&D facility and corporate headquarters in Blacksburg, Virginia. This video features a quick corporate overview and discusses our comprehensive engineering process and quality controls.

View now.

VPT To Present and Exhibit at Space Tech Expo, 5/21 – 5/23

May 13, 2013  — VPT is set to exhibit and give a presentation at next week’s Space Tech Expo in Long Beach, California. Stop by to view the latest VPT space-qualified DC-DC converters, point of load converters, and EMI filters for space power systems.

Exhibit: May 21 – 23, 2013, booth #8010.

Presentation: “Important Factors in Selecting DC-DC Converters for Tomorrow’s Space Applications,” by Paul Andersen, Regional Sales Manager, VPT.  Presentation will be at 12:20 p.m., May 21, in the Open Tech Forum.

Location: Long Beach Convention Center, California

VPT will also be attending the Nuclear Space and Radiation Effects Conference California in July.

View the complete schedule and details on  our events page.

VPT Powers Antares Rocket in Successful Test Launch

April 23, 2013 — VPT congratulates Orbital and NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on the successful test last weekend of the new Antares launch rocket. This vehicle is powered by VPT and on top of the excitement of the launch success, we are thrilled to see this vehicle launch from our own home state of Virginia!

See the details of the Antares program in this nifty infographic posted by Space.com: http://www.space.com/20526-antares-rocket-cygnus-spacecraft-explained.html

More on Antares and other recent VPT programs.

New Standard Output Voltages Now Available on the VPT30 Series of DC-DC Converters

April 18, 2013 — VPT has added new standard output voltage configurations to its VPT30 Series of triple output DC-DC converters.  The new output configurations now include:

  • VPT30-283R3512T  – Output configuration 3.3/5/12V
  • VPT30-283R3515T – Output configuration 3.3/5/15V
  • VPT30-285512T – Output configuration 5/5/12V
  • VPT30-285515T – Output configuration 5/5/15V
  • VPT30-283R31215T – Output configuration 3.3/12/15V
  • VPT30-2851215T – Output configuration 5/12/15V

Previous standard output configurations offered included:

  • 3.3V/12V/12V
  • 3.3V/15V/15V
  •  5V/12V/12V
  • 5V/15V/15V

The VPT30 is a new triple output DC-DC converter uniquely designed to power electronics in military vehicles, ships, weapons, and other rugged systems. Delivering up to 30 watts, the new VPT30-2800T DC-DC converter meets several military standards and features three outputs, enabling engineers to power multiple loads from a single, small, cost-saving module.

 

VPT To Present at Space Parts Working Group

February 27, 2013 — VPT announced today participation in the upcoming Space Parts Working Group conference. Dr. Dan Sable, CEO of VPT, will present on the latest product developments in DC-DC converters and EMI filters qualified for use in space applications.

Date: April 23-24, 2013

Location: Doubletree by Hilton, Torrance, CA

VPT will also be attending the Space Tech Expo in California in May, and the Nuclear Space and Radiation Effects Conference California in July.

View the complete schedule and details on  our events page.

Now Launching with VPT: Atlas V ELV

February 25, 2013 — VPT is proud to power critical flight systems on the Atlas V expendable launch vehicle. Run by the United Launch Alliance of Lockheed Martin and Boeing, the Atlas V has logged nearly 600 launches to date with 100% mission success.

Read about this program plus the other programs the rely on VPT on our Program Spotlight page.

 

 

VPT Space Products Profiled in a New Book By NASA

February 13, 2012 – VPT’s line of space DC-DC converters were recently profiled in a new book written by NASA, Spinoff. The article details the history of a grant from NASA which enabled VPT to research, design, and develop a line of DC-DC converters for space that address the challenges and requirements of today’s space applications.

Spinoff 2012 presents remarkable examples of spinoffs providing benefits around the world—saving lives, creating jobs, preserving resources, and more. The NASA Spinoff book offers 204 pages highlighting the many different technologies that NASA has transferred to private sector.  The Agency distributes copies to politicians, economic  decision makers, company CEOs, academics, professionals in technology transfer, the news media, and the general public.

Read the Spinoff article on VPT

Download a .pdf of the entire Spinoff publication.

New Video Lab: Circuit Protection Features of DC-DC Converters

February 6, 2012 - View our new video lab on “Circuit Protection Features of DC-DC Converters.” Understand how soft start, undervoltage lockout, over current limit and short circuit features work to protect your power system.

View the video lab now.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel for automatic video lab notifications.

Now Rolling with VPT: Main Battle Tank

January 9, 2013 — VPT is proud to power multiple systems in South Korea’s Main Battle Tank K2. For its critical systems, this vehicle depends on VPT DC-DC converters and EMI filters to provide reliable power under extreme operating conditions.

View:

VPT’s solutions for armored ground vehicles

VPT’s Hi-Rel COTS Series of DC-DC converters and accessories

VPT 15W and 20W DC-DC Converters Added to DLA SMD List

December 5, 2012 - The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has added two of VPT’s DC-DC power converters to
Standard Microcircuit Drawing (SMD) #5962-03243.

MIL-PRF-38534 Class H and K Certified

 

DVHF285R7S - 15W output power, 5.7Vout, 28Vin nominal

DVHF2818S -

20W output power, 18Vout, 28Vin nominal

Both modules can now be ordered qualified to MIL-PRF-38534 and marked with DLA SMD numbers in both standard
gold plated lead finish and hot solder dip lead finish in Class H and Class K device classes.
To order, contact VPT Sales.

 

 

 

VPT Receives Exceptional Supplier Award from L-3 Communications

June 19, 2012 – VPT was recently honored with an “Exceptional Supplier” award for “Quality and Delivery Performance,”  from L-3 Communications. This award was based on an extensive review of VPT from the L-3 CSW Quality, Operations Management, and Supply Chain Management departments. VPT was among a small group of companies to receive this prestigious award.

This is the second consecutive year that VPT has received an award from L-3 Communications.

Photo, from left: Delana Oaks, L-3, Elise Checketts, L-3, John Hodock, VPT, Kevin Farnsworth, L-3, and Dr. Dan Sable, VPT.

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.

Read more on Venus Express here: http://sci.esa.int/science-e/www/area/index.cfm?fareaid=64.

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 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.

 

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%.”

View the complete release.

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.

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.”



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