Space Vector Corporation News



Qualification of New 20 Ah Lithium-Ion Polymer 28.8 Vdc System Battery

(Chatsworth, CA 29 October 2014) – Space Vector Corporation, a privately owned small business, announced today that it has successfully completed qualification testing of its new 20 Ah Lithium-ion Polymer (Li-Po) system battery. The ruggedized battery was exposed to flight and transportation vibration, altitude, and thermal cycling as well as various UN38.3 tests. At just under 10 lbs and only 10.3”x6.7”x2.6”, the battery is capable of delivering over 200 A continuously (C10) in severe missile environments.

20 Ah Lithium-Ion Polymer 28.8 Vdc System Battery
20 Ah Lithium-Ion Polymer 28.8 Vdc System Battery

ULA Delta II Successfully Lofts OCO-2 to Orbit

(Chatsworth, CA 3 July 2014) – A ULA Delta II rocket successfully carried NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 (OCO-2) into orbit Wednesday night from Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California. Space Vector Corporation under contract to ULA produced and qualified components of the mission critical Fuel Level Sensing System (FLSS) that were used on the flight. Within 9 months from contract award, Space Vector delivered the first flight FLSS electronic unit and flight cabling ahead of schedule allowing ULA to complete critical vehicle system checkouts prior to shipping the vehicle to the launch pad. A lot qualification test was also performed by Space Vector on a dedicated unit within this same time period. Follow-on production units have since been tested and delivered to ULA to support the remaining Delta II vehicles slated to be launched over the next few years.

Delta II with OCO-2 at Space Launch Complex 2, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
Delta II with OCO-2 at Space Launch Complex 2, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California (Photo Courtesy NASA)

Space Vector Wins Fuel Depletion Probe Contract

(Chatsworth, CA 1 October 2013) – Space Vector Corporation, a privately owned small business, announced today that it has won a contract from ULA to design and develop a new Fuel Depletion Probe (FDP) for the Atlas V launch vehicle. The contract which includes production deliveries through 2018 adds to Space Vector’s portfolio of high reliability aerospace products that also include advanced batteries, GPS tracking units, attitude control systems and components, separation systems, and custom avionics like payload sequencers and controllers.

New Atlas V Fuel Depletion Probe
New Atlas V Fuel Depletion Probe

Space Vector Receives ULA 2012 Small Business Excellence Award

(Chatsworth, CA 19 March 2013) – Space Vector is the recipient of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) 2012 Small Business Excellence Award. “It is an honor to be selected by ULA to receive this award," said Space Vector President, Mr. Eric Grabow, “We are privileged to be a member of the ULA supply chain and are deeply committed to the success of the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program." Space Vector provides ULA with the GPS Tracking Unit (GTU) used on both the Atlas V and Delta IV family of launch vehicles. The GTU provides Range Safety with real-time vehicle tracking information during the boost phase of flight. The use of GPS metric tracking is part of the implementation of the Air Force Launch Enterprise Transformation whose goal is to make launch operations lighter and leaner. Space Vector was selected for the award based on a focus of Perfect Product Delivery, investing in new processes and capabilities, and the willingness to control cost. Space Vector recently developed an Automated Test Interface Box (ATIB) that speeds up the individual acceptance test process and helps eliminate operator error.

Space Vector Receives ULA 2012 Small Business Excellence Award
Mr. Ted Moore (left) of ULA presents Mr. Eric Grabow (right) of Space Vector with 2012 SB Excellence Award

Space Vector is a small business dedicated to providing high reliability components, systems, and launch vehicle solutions to the aerospace industry. As a prime contractor to various government agencies including the Air Force Sounding Rockets Program (SRP), Space Vector has launched 37 rockets over the past 40 years in support of scientific and defense related projects. As a major subcontractor Space Vector provides hardware to ULA, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, NASA, and other defense and aerospace contractors and organizations. Products include aerospace batteries, separation systems, avionics boxes, ACS pneumatic components, and special test equipment and software. For more information on Space Vector visit our Website at www.spacevector.com.

ULA program management, engineering, test, and mission support functions are headquartered in Denver, Colo. Manufacturing, assembly and integration operations are located at Decatur, Ala., and Harlingen, Texas. Launch operations are located at Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., and Vandenberg AFB, Calif. For more information on ULA, visit the ULA Web site at www.ulalaunch.com, or call the ULA Launch Hotline at 1-877-ULA-4321 (852-4321). Join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch and twitter.com/ulalaunch.


Space Vector Corporation Achieves AS9100 Revision C Certification

(Chatsworth, CA 15 September 2012) – Space Vector Corporation, a privately owned small business, announced today that it has successfully achieved AS9100 Rev. C and ISO 9001:2008 certification. This milestone was accomplished by expanding on our previous AS9100 Rev. B certified Quality Management System (QMS) with emphasis on minimizing and mitigating project risk, promoting consistency and product conformity, and ensuring that project outcomes satisfy customer requirements. The AS9100C certification applies to all aspects of Space Vector products and solutions including, but not limited to, requirements definition/analysis, design/development, engineering analyses, software development, system integration, manufacturing, program management, procurement, and verification and validation (V&V). Under the system, Space Vector maintains a standard of continuous product/process improvement by systematically monitoring customer satisfaction data and internal metrics in order to develop responsive and timely improvement plans to address any identified deficiencies.

Eric Grabow, President of Space Vector Corporation, stated that “We are very pleased to have achieved AS9100C certification through the hard work and dedication of our employees." He further adds that “This investment is just another example of our commitment to providing our customers with quality products in support of continued mission success."


First Certification Flight of GPS Metric Tracking

(Chatsworth, CA 24 February 2012) – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the Mobile User Objective System – 1 (MUOS-1) satellite for the United States Air Force lifted off from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Florida at 5:15 EST today. On board the rocket was the first of a new GPS metric tracking system designed to provide improved safety for launch vehicles. In an effort to reduce the cost of launch operations, the United States Air Force mandated the use of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) devices as a replacement for many of the aging radar systems used to track the path of rockets launched in the United States.

Space Vector Corporation (SVC) was contracted by ULA to design and develop a new GPS Metric Tracking Unit (GTU) and Low Noise Amplifier (LNA) to meet the needs of the Air Force mandate. The new system becomes one of the sources of information to help safety officers determine if the rocket is on course and is not a danger to those living near the launch sites.

First Certification Flight of GPS Metric Tracking

Space Vector provided the detailed design of the GPS Tracking Unit along with the engineering analysis, unit fabrication, acceptance and qualification testing, and program management. Space Vector was supported by several key contractors including Space Information Labs of Santa Maria who provided the initial concept and electronics design and Environmental Associates of Chatsworth who provided the environmental test equipment. Delta Microwave of Camarillo provided the custom GPS Low Noise Amplifier.

Space Vector Corporation congratulates the United Launch Alliance team on its successful launch of MUOS-1 and looks forward to many years of providing range safety solutions to the United States.

Space Vector is a small business dedicated to providing high reliability components, systems, and launch vehicle solutions to the aerospace industry. As a prime contractor to various government agencies including the Air Force Sounding Rockets Program (SRP), Space Vector has launched 37 rockets over the past 40 years in support of scientific and defense related projects. As a major subcontractor Space Vector provides hardware to ULA, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, NASA, and other defense and aerospace contractors and organizations.


Space Vector Completes Consolidation of Operations

(Chatsworth, CA 1 March 2011) – Space Vector Corporation has just completed consolidating its operations into a single building located at 9174 Deering Avenue in Chatsworth. This consolidation co-locates our engineering group with our fabrication and assembly operations. This was also an opportunity for us modernize our electronic assembly area, battery/cell test facility, and GPS/GN&C development laboratories, complete with a new Spirent GSS8000 L1/L2 GPS Simulator.

Other improvements include a larger environmental test area to increase throughput, separate machine shop area to confine FOD (Foreign Object Debris), enclosed pneumatics lab, and separate conformal coat room.

"The entire facility, from the stock room to the test labs, has been designed to improve efficiency and implement Six Sigma LEAN practices. Our customers will benefit directly from our faster delivery and improved quality." noted Frank Bednarik, Director of Operations. Space Vector extends an open invitation to come visit our new facility.


Space Vector Corporation Management Buyout Announcement

(Chatsworth, CA 2 April 2009) – Space Vector Corporation, a launch vehicle and subsystem/component provider since 1969 is pleased to announce a change of ownership effective April 1, 2009. The management-employee buyout with private investment funding will better position the company for growth while offering a greater level of service and flexibility for our customers and suppliers.

The change in ownership creates many opportunities for Space Vector and its employees. The management team is committed to increasing the scope of our products and services while ensuring the company's long-term strength.

Moreover, Space Vector will continuously advance its aerospace products and offerings and are committed to the continuous improvement of all activities using our ISO9001:AS9100 registered quality system as a framework. The goal is to be recognized by our customers as the “best value" solution to their needs.

We ask for your continued support and partnership in taking us all to the next level of cooperation and mutual success. As in the past, we look forward to working with all of you.

Eric Grabow
President

Steve Cormier
Chief Financial Officer


Space Vector Wins EELV GPS Tracking Unit Contract

(Chatsworth, CA 12 October 2008) – Space Vector Corporation was recently awarded a contract from the United Launch Alliance (ULA) to design and fabricate GPS tracking units for the Atlas V and Delta IV family of launch vehicles. We are very pleased to be working with ULA and the Air Force in developing GPS tracking units for EELV, said Tim Gray, Space Vector Engineering Vice President. We have been implementing GPS on target vehicles since 1996 and are looking forward to adapting our experience to the large launch vehicles. The contract consists of four distinct phases (design, development, qualification, and production) that will be performed over the next year and a half.