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Vanguard Space Technologies awarded contract for composite components on NASA's telescope

News International-French

18 Feb 2014

The company has been awarded two contracts to provide hardware for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. The contracts, awarded by Northrop Grumman Corporation to Vanguard, are for fabrication of composite components of the Unitized Pallet Structure (UPS).

The components will be manufactured at Vanguard’s San Diego facility using advanced graphite fiber reinforced materials yielding lightweight, stiff and stable parts. Delivery of the components is scheduled for early this year.

The James Webb Space Telescope is the world’s next-generation space observatory and successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. The most powerful space telescope ever built, the Webb Telescope will observe the most distant objects in the universe, provide images of the first galaxies formed and see unexplored planets around distant stars. The Webb Telescope is a joint project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency. “We are very proud to be a part of this important mission, and to be a supplier to Northrop Grumman for these components,” said Carl Sloan, vice president of programs for Vanguard. “These components are a great fit with our core products and capabilities, and will utilize our long heritage in producing high-technology space structures.”

About Vanguard Space Technologies:
The company is an industry leader in the application of advanced composites for spacecraft structures meeting the highest standards for performance, precision, reliability and stability. Founded in 1994, Vanguard has considerable heritage in design, development, production, assembly, test and on-time delivery of spacecraft components and assemblies to leading U.S. government agencies and spacecraft primes. Principle products include spacecraft bus structures, antenna reflectors, dimensionally-stable optical benches for space telescopes and sensors, and multi-functional composite structures. The company has an emerging business in space power and optical and thermal products including Modular Solar Panels, Flexible Solar Panels, Shielded, Electromagnetically Clean Solar Panels, Solar Concentrators, Deployable Solar Arrays and Deployable Radiator Arrays.

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