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VPT’s Entire SVR Space Series Now Registered with Defense Logistics Agency

Official Standard Microcircuit Drawings Issued for VPT’s Entire Rad Hard DC-DC Converters and EMI Filters Series

BLACKSBURG, VA, Nov. 7, 2013 – VPT Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI), announces the release of Standard Microcircuit Drawings (SMDs) by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) for VPT’s entire SVR Series of radiation hardened DC-DC converters, point of load converters, and EMI filters. VPT’s SVR Series products were developed specifically for the most extreme requirements of space systems.

The SVR Series, which includes 24 modules in seven product families, is suited for use in LEO, MEO, GEO, deep space and launch vehicle programs and was initially introduced in May, 2013. SVR Series products feature maximum levels of radiation hardening with a Total Ionizing Dose (TID) of 100 krad(Si) and SEE of 85 MeV-cm2/mg. The SVR Series is based on space-proven heritage designs and available qualified to MIL-PRF-38534 Class H and Class K.  These are the first power conversion products commercially available that are designed and manufactured in accordance with Aerospace Corporation’s Technical Operating Report (TOR) requirements for space power systems.

 “Our broad offering of space qualified products are proven in programs like Venus Express, GPS III, Mercury Messenger and many others,” said Monty Pyle, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We are extremely pleased with the adoption of our SVR products into new critical space developments to date, and with the DLA’s approval of the reliability and radiation performance of our entire SVR space series, engineers can readily select modules from SMDs with maximum levels of radiation hardening that are qualified to MIL-PRF-38534 Class H and Class K standards.”

 

The complete SVR Series products available on DLA SMDs:

 

About the SVR Series of Space Qualified Power Products

The SVR Series performance in space programs is guaranteed through the use of radiation hardened semiconductor components, radiation lot acceptance testing (RLAT) of non-hardened components, and analysis. The SVR Series is characterized for TID performance including ELDRS and SEE according to VPT’s DLA-approved Radiation Hardness Assurance (RHA) plan per MIL-PRF-38534, Appendix G, Level R. Characterization is performed at both the component level and at the SVR Series hybrid level.

Review additional SVR Series specifications.

 

About VPT and HEICO

VPT, Inc., part of the HEICO Electronic Technologies Group, leads the industry in providing innovative DC-DC power converters, EMI filters, and custom engineering services for avionics, military, and space applications. VPT can deliver its power solutions in a fast timeframe, with certified quality, at a comfortable cost. Every day, organizations like NASA, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, the United States Air Force, and many more depend on quality solutions from VPT to power critical systems. On the ground, in the air, or beyond, VPT provides the power driving critical missions that require high reliability.

HEICO Corporation (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI) is engaged primarily in niche segments of the aviation, defense, space and electronics industries through its Hollywood, FL-based HEICO Aerospace Holdings Corp. subsidiary and its Miami, FL-based HEICO Electronic Technologies Corp. subsidiary. For more information about HEICO, please visit www.heico.com.

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Space Tech Expo Features VPT

Space Tech Expo’s recent article featured VPT’s space qualified and proven products. VPT will be exhibiting at Space Tech Expo, which is a B2B event for spacecraft, satellite, launch vehicle and space-related technologies. The Expo is being held April 1 – 3, 2014 in Long Beach, California.

 

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VPT’s SVR Series featured in Military & Aerospace Electronics

June 28, 2013 – Military & Aerospace Electronics Magazine’s recent article discussed how, even with the shrinking U.S. defense budget, the radiation-hardened electronics industry is seeing a strong market. Design requirements and techniques, including TOR compliance was discussed. The article included VPT’s SVR series DC-DC converters and EMI filters which meet TOR derating and element evaluation guidelines and are designed for the harshest space radiation environments.

Within the article, Monty Pyle, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for VPT, states, “Instead of having various systems designers come in and talk about Class K+ in different ways-there’s almost this feeling out and learning process every time-TOR has brought that vagueness more into a gray circle; it helps bring people to the point faster on what’s really realistic and available. We can point to a spec now. There’s a commonality there; it’s not a start from ground zero.”

Read the full article by Skyler Frink of Military & Aerospace Electronics

 

 

Military Embedded Systems covers VPT’s view on rad hard space market trends

June 28, 2013 - A recent article in Military Embedded Systems discusses the space market’s increase in rad hard requirements and looked to VPT for commentary:

“As you go up in radiation tolerance, the challenge is maintaining the same or similar performance levels,” says Monty Pyle, VP of Sales & Marketing at VPT in Bothell, WA. “For radiation-hardened components it is about the components you select, addressing their potentially differing footprints and/or electrical characteristics. It is not just a simple matter of swapping out components. We also have stringent TOR – Technical Operating Report – requirements that are becoming more and more fixed and demanding every year.”

Read the full article by John McHale of Military Embedded Systems

 

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.

Now Available: SVR Series of Rad Hard DC-DC Converters, Qualified for Use in Space Programs

First Standard Power Converters & EMI Filters Available Compliant to MIL-HDBK-1547 & Aerospace TOR Requirements without Customization

SPACE TECH EXPO, Long Beach, CA, May 21, 2013 – Today VPT Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI), announced the availability of a new series of radiation hardened DC-DC power converters, point of load converters, and EMI filters to power space systems.

The new SVR Series of space power products includes 24 new modules in 7 product families, all based on space-proven heritage designs and available qualified to MIL-PRF-38534 Class K. These are the first power conversion products commercially available that are out-of-the-box compliant to the new Aerospace Technical Operating Report (TOR) requirements for space power systems. The new SVR Series of power products are suited for use in low Earth orbit (LEO), medium Earth orbit (MEO), geostationary orbit (GEO), deep space, and launch vehicle programs.

View the introduction video, "Space Qualified DC-DC Converters - The SVR Series from VPT."

VPT’s SVR Series also features maximum levels of radiation hardening with a Total Ionizing Dose (TID) level of 100 krad(Si). Unique to VPT, these products include Enhanced Low Dose Rate Sensitivity (ELDRS) in the total dose rating for maximum reliability. The Single Event Effects (SEE) rating for these products is 85 MeV-cm2/mg. All modules have been submitted to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) for Standard Microcircuit Drawings (SMDs) with most modules available on released SMDs.


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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.

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.

Just Published: New Article on Intermediate Bus Architectures for Space Applications

January 21, 2013 — In an exclusive technology feature, How2Power.com has published VPT’s latest article, “Rad Hard Processors And Power Converters Propel Intermediate Bus Architecture Into Space Applications.”  Authored by VPT’s Manager of Space Product Engineering, Leonard Leslie, this article covers efficient design parameters, various architectures, and the vital environmental issues to consider when developing a distributed power system for space.

Read it now.

 

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.

 

 

 

New Video! Introducing the New SVGA 15A Point of Load Converter at NSREC.

July 26, 2012 -  Military Aerospace Electronics Magazine stopped by the VPT booth at the recent Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects Conference (NSREC) to check out our new SVGA 15A point of load DC-DC converter.This video features Leonard Leslie, our Manager of Space Products.

Intended for space applications, the SVGA0515S is an important module in VPT’s distributed power system for space applications.

  • Rad hard to 100 krads (Si) including ELDRS
  • MIL-PRF-38534 Class K qualified
  • Available on DLA SMDs

See us today at NSREC, Miami!

July 17, 2012  – Stop by and see VPT at the Nuclear Space and Radiation Effects Conference today and tomorrow in Miami, Florida. See our newest product, the SVGA0515S point of load DC-DC converter for space, and check out our demo board. Booth 42.

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 Adds 15 Amp Point of Load DC-DC Converter to Space Family of Power Conversion Products

VPT is the only manufacturer to now offer two point of load converters that are MIL-PRF-38534 Class H and Class K Qualified, 100K rad hard, and available off-the-shelf.

BLACKSBURG, VA, May 8, 2012 – VPT Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI), announced today the availability
of a new point of load power converter designed and manufactured for use in the extreme environment of space. The new SVGA0515 Series point of load DC-DC converter is now qualified to MIL-PRF-38534 Class H and Class K by the Defense Logistics Agency.  The SVGA delivers up to 50W of output power, is radiation hardened to 100 krads (Si) including Enhanced Low Dose Rate Sensitivity (ELDRS), and is characterized to SEE of 85 MeV-cm2/mg.

The SVGA Series is the latest addition to VPT’s existing line of space DC-DC converters. The SVGA functions as a non-isolated,
regulated buck converter that steps down the voltage at the point of use in a distributed power system. From a single, small size, high current package, this module saves significant board space, weight, and cost for power systems headed for LEO, MEO, GEO, and deep space missions.

“To reduce weight and component cost, distributed power systems are relying more on smaller, less expensive point of load
converters used in conjunction with the larger, traditional, isolated DC-DC converters. Customer response to our space-qualified, off-the-shelf, point of load DC-DC converters has been phenomenal,” explained Monty Pyle, Executive Director of Sales. “We’ve been asked for a higher current option without the need to waste space and weight stringing together multiple POL converters.
We’re proud to announce that this product will satisfy the needs of space customers requiring higher power levels and stringent radiation requirements.”


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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.

VPT’s Space Grade DC-DC Power Converters Now Registered with Defense Logistics Agency

VPT’s SV Series of Rad Hard DC-DC Power Converters Now Listed on Standard Microcircuit Drawings

BLACKSBURG, VA, November 15, 2011 – VPT Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI), today announced that the Defense
Logistics Agency (DLA)  has issued new Standard Microcircuit Drawings (SMDs) for more than 150 of VPT’s space grade, radiation hardened DC-DC power converter modules.

VPT’s rad hard SV Series of DC-DC converters are manufactured to MIL-PRF-38534 Class K, the highest level for products used in space environments. These products are suited for use in a wide variety of space applications including low Earth orbit (LEO) systems, geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO) systems, deep space probes, and other demanding applications.

The specific space grade SV Series DC-DC converters now available
on DLA SMDs include:


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