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Dr. Jeff Moore, Receives 2011 AIAA Young Professional Award
NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK, AUGUST 01, 2011 – AMPAC-ISP CORP., American Pacific Corporation’s (NASDAQ®: APFC) wholly-owned in-space propulsion subsidiary (AMPAC-ISP), is pleased to report that Dr. Jeff Moore, Propulsion Systems Engineer for AMPAC-ISP, will be honored with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) 2011 AIAA Young Professional Award at the Joint Propulsion Conference on August 3, 2011, in San Diego, California.
AMPAC-ISP Engine Successfully Inserts NASA MESSENGER Spacecraft Into Orbit Around Mercury
NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK, MARCH 23, 2011 – AMPAC-ISP CORP., American Pacific Corporation’s (NASDAQ®: APFC) wholly-owned in-space propulsion subsidiary (AMPAC-ISP), reported that their LEROS 1b bipropellant engine (LEROS 1b) fired for nearly fifteen minutes in the early hours on March 18, 2011 to slow the MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) spacecraft and place it into orbit around Mercury.
AMPAC-ISP Components Support TanDEM-X Radar Satellite
AMPAC-ISP’s European operations are playing a crucial role the TanDEM radar satellite mission by providing several of the cold gas propulsion system components. Under contract from EADS Astrium (Friedrichshafen, Germany), AMPAC-ISP Europe supplied Cold Gas Thrusters 40mN (for orbit control system), Fill and Vent Valves (with associated ground support equipment) and Pressure Relief Valves. The TanDEM-X mission objective is to work in formation with its sister satellite, TerraSAR-X forming the first configurable synthetic aperture radar interferometer in space, and will gather data used to construct an accurate three-dimensional elevation model of Earth that is homogeneous in quality and unprecedented in accuracy.
Minister Batt O'Keeffe TD Launches New AMPAC-ISP Europe Space Technology Development and Manufacturing Centre
'Space Technology Company Opens European Headquarters as a World Class Manufacturing and Product Development Centre of Excellence in Dublin to Develop and Build Rocket Engine Components'
DUBLIN, IRELAND - June 2, 2010 -- Batt O’Keeffe TD, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, today launched the European Headquarters of AMPAC-ISP as a new Space Technology Development Centre of Excellence located in Dublin, Ireland. Also in attendance at today’s opening ceremony was William F. Readdy, former Associate Administrator of the Office of Space Flight, NASA. Captain Readdy is also a retired NASA astronaut with three space flights and has logged over 672 hours in space.
Speaking at the launch the Minister stated, “Our government is encouraging Irish technology companies to look towards the European Space Agency (ESA) technology research programmes to help boost employment growth in the high technology sector and build on the success of companies such as AMPAC-ISP who have based their European operations and headquarters in Ireland.”
David Gibbons, Managing Director of AMPAC-ISP Europe, stated “Irish technology companies have a real opportunity to develop lucrative export led business opportunities in the space sector that will boost their own growth prospects, leading to more high quality jobs for Ireland”. AMPAC-ISP Europe currently employs 30 people in Dublin and a total of 65 people in Europe. Its parent company, American Pacific Corporation, employs over 600 people worldwide.
The new Space Technology Facility has been developed at the AMPAC-ISP site in Dublin at a cost of €1million, which includes a new large scale “Clean Room” for the development, manufacture, and assembly of precision components and systems for the space propulsion and aerospace markets.
"The Irish Government is investing €14.5 million per annum into the European Space Agency, which enables Irish industry to bid for technology development contracts and build capabilities. These newly developed technologies and capabilities enable Irish companies to compete for commercial space contracts," added David Gibbons."
Officials also attended the launch of the new Space Technology Centre from Enterprise Ireland and the IDA who have been working behind the scenes to develop Irish space industry capability and grow employment in the sector.
“There are significant benefits for Irish technology companies developing technology through ESA programmes. The space activity can lead to spin off business opportunities and employment creation for participating companies by developing proprietary technology that is not only of benefit to the European Space programme, but which can be leveraged in a range of markets such as aerospace, medical devices, automotive and energy” stated Mr. Tony McDonald of Enterprise Ireland.
“The investment in ESA has shown an excellent return to the Irish economy over the last few decades and the Irish government is seeking to increase further activity in the commercial space technology and applications area, which is one of the few areas of growth in the global technology marketplace at the moment.” Added Mr McDonald.
AMPAC-ISP Corp. (AMPAC-ISP), a wholly owned subsidiary of American Pacific Corporation, announced October 13, 2008, the acquisition of the European operations of Marotta Controls, Inc. Marotta Europe will be integrated with the company.
Marotta Europe designs, develops and manufactures high performance valves, pressure regulators, cold-gas propulsion systems, and precision structures for space applications, especially in the European space market. These products are used on various satellites and spacecraft, as well as on the Ariane 5 launch vehicle. The business has two locations, Dublin, Ireland and Cheltenham, England and employs approximately 30 engineers, scientists and technical specialists.
AMPAC-ISP currently provides thrusters and propulsion systems for the satellite and missile defense. AMPAC-ISP operates from two locations, Niagara Falls, New York and Westcott, England. Combining the acquired capabilities of Marotta Europe with those at the Westcott location will form a very competitive European operation that can supply ITAR-free propulsion systems and components to European space customers. As is well known, the U.S. International Trade in Arms Regulations or ITAR restricts and controls the U.S. export of commercial satellite components, including propulsion systems. European satellite companies have a strong preference for products not restricted by ITAR, so-called ITAR-free, and from time to time, have specified such in requests for proposals.
There are operational benefits to the acquisition as well. Marotta Europe currently uses AMPACīs Westcott facilities to test some of their products and the Electron Beam welding capability at Westcott is used in the manufacture of a number of the Marotta Europe components. The acquired engineering capabilities will give Westcott access to an additional European engineering workforce, further enabling an ITAR-free environment.
With this acquisition, AMPAC-ISP will be able offer current customers a wider array of products and services as well as addressing new opportunities in the European aerospace markets.