ROCKFORD (WREX) — Rockford's Collins Aerospace Systems will soon work on a massive project for NASA's Orion spacecraft fleet.
Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., signed a contract with Lockheed Martin to support production of NASA's Orion spacecraft fleet for Artemis missions III through VIII.
The contract is valued at $320 million, and the systems provided by Collins Aerospace, which has a location in Rockford, will play an important role in enabling NASA's goal of boots on the moon by 2024, and establish a sustained presence on and around the moon to prepare a mission to Mars.
According to Collins Aerospace, the key subsystems for Orion will include:
- Environmental control and life support systems that maintain a healthy and comfortable environment for the crew both in the spacecraft cabin and while isolated in launch and re-entry suits
- Active thermal control systems, which provide liquid circulation throughout the spacecraft picking up waste heat from the crew and vehicle electronics
- Power management and distribution hardware, providing power connectivity from external power sources and conditioned power to the crew and service modules
- Waste management systems to promote crewmember comfort and vehicle cleanliness
“We’ve been providing life-sustaining solutions for space for 50 years, and we’re proud to be working with Lockheed Martin and NASA to enable decades of future exploration to the Moon, Mars and beyond,” said Kevin Raftery, vice president and general manager, ISR and Space Solutions for Collins Aerospace.
As well as Rockford, the work will be done at Collins Aerospace facilities in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, Houston, Texas, and San Dimas, California.
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