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VPT is powering the world’s most advanced aerospace, defense, and space programs. Here are just a few of the programs currently relying on VPT:

WorldView-3 Satellite

Photo Credit: DigitalGlobe

September 5, 2014 – What is becoming known as the world’s sharpest commercial Earth-imaging satellite, WorldView-3 by DigitalGlobe, has already illustrated the significance of its shortwave infrared (SWIR) sensor that enables high resolution imagery even through dense smoke or clouds. Utilizing the SWIR sensor, images from the satellite recently provided critical information about the extent and severity of a forest fire in California.

In addition to infrared data and the ability to detect specific mineral content and species of vegetation, the imaging technology of WorldView-3 provides images at a 30-centimeter resolution. As a result, the energy sector, conservationists, and governments may be provided with information to better manage the Earth’s natural resources. VPT is proud to have components on board. Please see DigitalGlobe’s blog for more information.

 

 

 

 

Mission Success: SpaceX Falcon9 AsiaSat8

August 5, 2014 – SpaceX’s Falcon9 completed another successful mission today with VPT parts on board. It launched the AsiaSat8 satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit from the SpaceX Launch Complex 40 in Cape Canaveral. The satellite is designed for a fifteen year mission and will provide communications services to China, the Middle East, India and Southern Asia. More information can be found via

SpaceX.

 

 

 

Atlas V Launches DMSP-19

April 3, 2014 – The United Launch Alliance today successfully completed its mission to launch the U.S. Air Force’s Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP)-19 into orbit via the Atlas V 401. Launching from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the DMSP is a satellite system to collect and disseminate environmental data to the Department of Defense and other government agencies. This is the 80th mission for the ULA since it was founded in 2006, and VPT is proud to be on board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NASA Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD)

Photo Credit: NASA

January 9, 2014 – NASA recently completed its 30-day Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) on board the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft. The communication demonstration program, utilizing VPT products, successfully transmit data using a pulsed laser beam 400,000 km between Earth and the moon at an unprecedented rate of 622 megabits per second (Mbps). The program also demonstrated the viability of laser as a communications method for future NASA missions, including the ability to transmit high definition video. The link to the video featuring NASA Administrator Charles Bolden which was sent via laser to the moon and back to Earth can be viewed here. Additionally, more information on this program can be found via NASA’s website.

Falcon 9 Successfully Launches THAICOM 6 Satellite into Geo Transfer Orbit

Photo Credit: SpaceX

January 7, 2014 – SpaceX achieved a successful geostationary satellite transfer with the Falcon 9 launch vehicle, launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station last night. VPT powers systems onboard Falcon 9 and is proud to be a part of the recurring success SpaceX is achieving. SpaceX said the Falcon 9 launch vehicle performed as expected, meeting 100% of mission objectives. More about the launch can be found here.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SpaceX Completes First GEO Transfer Mission

Photo Credit: SpaceX

December 4, 2013 – Last night SpaceX completed a successful launch of its Falcon9 and transfer of Orbital Science’s SES8 Satellite into geostationary orbit. VPT helped power this event, which marks the first time SpaceX has reached a distance of nearly 50,000 miles (80,000km) above the earth. The successful launch and transfer mission also helps SpaceX continue its certification process for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program (EELV) to be eligible for all National Security Space (NSS) missions. The SES8 telecommunications satellite, which weighs approximately 7,000 pounds (3,175kg), will provide signals to television and broadband customers of SES in Asia. More information can be found via SpaceX.

 

 

Successful Docking of the Cygnus Cargo Ship

Photo Credit: NASA

Sept 30 – 2013, VPT congratulates Orbital Sciences Corporation with the successful docking of its Cygnus cargo ship to the International Space Station (ISS) yesterday. VPT proudly powers systems on the Cygnus as well as its Antares launch rocket. The unmanned Cygnus was launched to orbit on its inaugural flight on September 18th, carrying approximately 1,300 pounds (589 kilograms) of cargo, including everyday essentials, science experiments, gear, and spare parts to the International Space Station’s Expedition 37 crew. The rendezvous represents a critical milestone in space development as the second commercially developed resupply ship to successfully connect with the ISS under NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program. More information can be found by visiting NASA or Orbital Sciences Corporation online.

U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System Success

AFP Photo/US Missile Defense Agency

VPT’s DC-DC converters and EMI filters were in place during a recent Flight Test Operational carried out by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency utilizing Lockheed Martin’s Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Weapon System. The test stressed the ability of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) and THAAD weapon systems to function in a layered defense architecture. The missile defense flight test successfully intercepted two near-simultaneous ballistic missile targets.  View additional information via the U.S. Department of Defense.

 

EURO HAWK UAS

Photo Credit: Northrop Grumman

The EURO HAWK unmanned aircraft system (UAS) set a flight endurance record while utilizing VPT’s high efficiency DC-DC converters and EMI Filters. The EURO HAWK UAS flew non-stop for 25.3 hours in European airspace and reached 58,600 feet over Manching Air Base in Germany. The flight represented the longest duration flown in European skies by an un-refuelled UAS in the more than 30,000-pound class.

Sapphire Satellite Mission

VPT powers vital systems on the Canadian Department of Defense’s Sapphire mission, a satellite-based Resident Space Object (RSO) observing service, which is a key element of the Canadian Space Surveillance System. The Sapphire satellite is an electro-optical sensor that provides tracking data on deep space orbiting objects. Data from the satellite will contribute to the U.S. Space Surveillance Network, enhancing the ability of both the U.S. and Canada to detect and avoid the collision of critical space platforms with other satellites or pieces of debris.

Antares Launch Vehicle

VPT proudly powers several systems on the exciting new private launch rocket, Orbital Science’s Antares. Orbital Sciences holds a $1.9 billion NASA contract to make eight unmanned supply runs to the International Space Station with its Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo ferry. View the program details in this quick infographic from Space.com: http://www.space.com/20526-antares-rocket-cygnus-spacecraft-explained.html.

 

Atlas V Expendable Launch Vehicle

VPT is utilized in 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.

 

Korea Main Battle Tank

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

 

SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon Capsule

VPT was on board when 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.

 

Predator

VPT is powering vital systems on General Atomics’ Predator series of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), including communications systems, radar systems, various sensors, and central monitoring systems. These aircraft have logged over 1,000,000 flight hours worldwide, with 40 in the air at any given second of any day.

 

Husky Mounted Mine Detection System

VPT is helping to save lives and field equipment by powering the Husky Mounted Mine Detection System (HDMS). This innovative detection system functions on manned, blast-resistant Husky vehicles to provide rapid ability to scope out anti-vehicular landmines and other explosive hazards on main supply routes (MSRs) and additional open areas as needed.

 

F-35 Lightning II

The Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program, formerly the Joint Advanced Strike Technology (JAST) Program, is the Department of Defense’s focal point for defining affordable next generation strike aircraft weapon systems for the Navy, Air Force, Marines, and our allies. The focus of the program is affordability — reducing the development cost, production cost, and cost of ownership of the JSF family of aircraft. VPT is powering a variety of systems aboard this new aircraft.

 

Bell Helicopter

VPT helps keep Bell Helicopter in the air 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year by powering critical data systems. The Bell Helicopter 429 is one of the most advanced light twin IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) helicopters ever developed. Delivering exceptional speed, range, hover performance, and enhanced safety margins, it serves the full spectrum of segments including air medical, law enforcement, oil & gas, utility, corporate, etc.

 

Boeing 787

Boeing 787 VPT is flying high with Boeing these days powering numerous systems on the new 787 Dreamliner.

 

EADS Airbus CN-295

VPT is now powering systems on the Airbus Military C295, a new generation, very robust and reliable, highly versatile tactical airlifter able to carry up to nine tons of payload or up to 71 personnel, at a maximum cruise speed of 260 kt /480 km/h. Fitted with a retractable landing gear and a pressurized cabin, it can cruise at altitudes up to 25,000 ft, while retaining remarkable short take-off & landing (STOL) performance from unprepared short, soft and rough airstrips.

 

Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS)

Lunar Orbiter VPT helped NASA open a new chapter in our understanding of the moon. Preliminary data from the Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, indicates that the mission successfully uncovered water during the Oct. 9, 2009 impacts into the permanently shadowed region of Cabeus crater near the Moon’s south pole. LCROSS traveled to the Moon as a co-manifested payload aboard the launch vehicle for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). LRO is designed to map the lunar surface and characterize landing sites for future missions.Keep up with LCROSS and LRO with NASA.

 

Dassault Falcon 7X Business Jet

Falcon 7x With VPT on board since its launch, the aircraft has carried over 2,100 passengers and made 543 stops in 73 countries. The Falcon 7X has the longest range of any Falcon business jet. Special attention was given to enhancing its cabin comfort for flights lasting up to 13 hours. Since its entry into service, the 7X cabin has set a new standard for business jets.

 

Light Weight Mine Roller

Mine Roller Incorporating VPT components, the Light Weight Mine Roller is used to detonate and neutralise buried pressure-fused mines and other explosive devices. It is designed for light and medium wheeled and tracked vehicles. Currently deployed, the Light Weight Mine Roller (www.pearson-eng.com) is saving lives worldwide as it searches for mines in front of land vehicles.

 

Kawasaki XP-1 Maritime Patrol Aircraft

VPT is powering Japan’s new XP-1 aircraft, the next generation of the former P-3C Orion plane. As the successor to the P-3C, the XP-1 is used for prolonged, extensive patrols in the sea areas surrounding Japan.

 

GPS IIR-M

GPS IIR-M The U.S. Air Force successfully launched the last in the series of eight modernized GPS (IIR-M) satellites. Using the Space Launch Complex 17A at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, the satellite was carried into space aboard the last of the Air Force’s United Launch Alliance Delta II rockets. GPS IIR-21(M) will join the constellation of 30 operational satellites on-orbit, assuming a position in plane E, slot 3 and replacing space vehicle number 40 (SVN40). The Air Force expects to set the satellite for navigation users worldwide.

 

Pluto New Horizons

Pluto New Horizons In 2006, NASA dispatched an ambassador to the planetary frontier. The New Horizons spacecraft is now halfway between Earth and Pluto, on approach for a dramatic flight past the icy planet and its moons in July 2015. VPT is powering the Cosmic Dust Experiment (CDE) on this mission. It is performing well as it collects data on cosmic dust in the solar system on the way to Pluto. After 10 years and more than 3 billion miles, on a historic voyage that has already taken it over the storms and around the moons of Jupiter, New Horizons will shed light on new kinds of worlds we’ve only just discovered on the outskirts of the solar system.Check in on the current status of New Horizons.

 

ESA Venus Express

Venus Express Currently orbiting Venus, this mission’s science objectives are to study the atmosphere, the plasma environment, and the surface of Venus in great detail. It has been successfully operating in orbit around Venus since April 2006. Recently, 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. See what’s going on with Venus Express today.

 

Mercury Messenger

Mercury Messenger NASA’s MESSENGER mission team and cartographic experts from the U.S. Geological Survey have created a critical tool for planning the first orbital observations of the planet Mercury a global mosaic of the planet that will help scientists pinpoint craters, faults, and other features for observation. The MESSENGER team is currently in the orbital phase of the mission, and the near-global mosaic of Mercury from MESSENGER and Mariner 10 images is key to those plans. See what’s new with MESSENGER.


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