Curtiss-Wright's heritage on a wide range of space applications with leading space organizations around the world includes applications on:
- Experimental Flight Test and Re-entry Vehicles
- ISS Data Acquisition/ Low Earth Orbit
- RAD Tolerant Remote Terminal Units
A few examples of these applications are presented below.
Launch services company Space Exploration Technologies Inc. (SpaceX) selected Curtiss-Wright's digital flight instrumentation for their Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon spacecraft. Curtiss-Wright was selected because of the company’s credentials on previous launchers, COTS products and willingness to accommodate customer specific technological needs.
ESA selected Curtiss-Wright to provide the Data Handling and Telemetry Subsystem for the Intermediate Experimental Vehicle (IXV) to acquire the large quantities of mission data used to verify the performance of critical re-entry technologies as well as critical vehicle systems performance data. The Data Handling. System for IXV will consist of COTS Data Acquisition, Network Switch and Recorder products and will store data onboard as well as provide a telemetry stream in CCSDS compatible format via S-Band transmitters to ground.
The Advanced Closed-Loop System (ACLS) is a regenerative life support system that is planned for installation in the Columbus module of the International Space Station (ISS). Curtiss-Wright had been in discussions with the ACLS manufacturer on the scope of this data acquisition requirement since 2010 and it became apparent that there was an off-the-shelf space qualified COTS Acra KAM-500 modular networked data acquisition system able to provide the required functionality.