Bound for the Moon: Collins Aerospace signs $320 million contract with Lockheed Martin to provide critical subsystems for NASA’s Orion spacecraft fleet

Orion spacecraft over moon
  • Supports Artemis missions three through eight, with the goal of sustained presence on and around the Moon

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (Jan. 15, 2020) – Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), has signed a contract with Lockheed Martin to provide critical subsystems to support production of NASA’s Orion spacecraft fleet for Artemis missions III through VIII. Valued at $320 million, the systems being provided by Collins Aerospace will play an important role in enabling NASA’s goal of boots on the Moon by 2024, as well as establishing a sustained presence on and around the Moon to prepare for missions to Mars.

The key subsystems for Orion to be provided by Collins Aerospace 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.

Work for the systems being provided for Orion will be performed at Collins Aerospace facilities in:

  • Windsor Locks, Connecticut
  • Houston, Texas
  • Rockford, Illinois
  • San Dimas, California

More information on Orion: https://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/orion/index.html.

About Collins Aerospace
Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Created in 2018 by bringing together UTC Aerospace Systems and Rockwell Collins, Collins Aerospace has the capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market. For more information, visit CollinsAerospace.com.

About United Technologies Corporation
United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries. By combining a passion for science with precision engineering, the company is creating smart, sustainable solutions the world needs. For more information about the company, visit our website at www.utc.com or follow us on Twitter: @UTC.

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