SAN DIEGO, Calif., March 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Vanguard Space Technologies, Inc. (Vanguard) today announced that it has been selected by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. to produce mission-critical structures for the Operational Land Imager-2 (OLI-2) instrument for the Landsat 9 project. Vanguard will be responsible for the Baseplate Structural Assembly and Mounting Struts for the OLI-2 Instrument.
The scientific objective of the Landsat Program is to provide the baseline data required to map global land cover, land use and change on an annual basis over multi-decadal periods of time. Landsat 9 builds on the great performance of Landsat 8 and extends the 40+ year Landsat data archive. The OLI is a reflective, multi-channel, earth-imaging instrument that provides highly calibrated imagery to detect and quantify the effect of natural and human-induced activities on the Earth's surface.
The Baseplate Structural Assembly and Mounting Struts consist of lightweight, composite construction and will include multiple attach points and metallic fittings to mount the precision telescope and electronic components to the spacecraft. Vanguard will use advanced composite materials, manufacturing and assembly techniques to meet very exacting geometric tolerances required over the broad operational temperature range of the spacecraft.
"We are very proud to have been selected by Ball Aerospace to be a part of this important Landsat mission and to add to our business base with this important customer," said Mr. Frank Belknap, CEO of Vanguard. "We have a long heritage of producing extremely tight tolerance, high-precision, lightweight structures for telescope and satellite structural products. We will utilize this experience to meet all structural and geometric tolerance requirements to ensure a fully compliant, dimensional stable structure is delivered to Ball Aerospace meeting all OLI-2 mission requirements."
About Vanguard Space Technologies, Inc.
Vanguard is a leading provider of aerospace structural products and assemblies with an emphasis on turn-key satellite components utilizing state-of-the-art materials and manufacturing methods. The company's capabilities include engineering, tooling, manufacturing, assembly integration and test of high-performance, lightweight and precision aerospace structures. Vanguard's primary product lines include lightweight, high-precision antenna reflectors, spacecraft primary bus structures, precision instrument structures and solar power systems for commercial, defense, military and science-mission satellites and terrestrial applications. The company was founded in 1994 and delivered its first spacecraft component in 2002. Since that time Vanguard has successfully delivered over 200 components on over 50 spacecraft with 100% mission success.
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