MT Aerospace awarded contract for Japanese space programs
Components to be produced for the HTV space transporter and the H-IIA launch vehicle
MT Aerospace AG, Augsburg, a subsidiary of OHB Technology AG (ISIN: DE0005936124) has been awarded a contract by Japanese company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), Ltd., Tokyo, for the delivery of components for the HTV, the unmanned Japanese space transporter. The components, which will be produced in Augsburg, will form part of the interior structure separating the vehicle’s drive from the transportation area.
This contract marks a further chapter in the successful long-standing partnership forged between MHI and MT Aerospace, which has previously supplied components for the tanks of the Japanese H-IIA launch vehicle and continues to do so. MT Aerospace has gained high renown in the development and production of spin-formed tank domes. This production method drastically reduces the number of steps required in the process by forming the component from a single template.
The delivery schedule for the HTV components as well as for the parts for the H-IIA launch vehicle extends into 2009.
Looking forward, Japan particularly wants to supply the Japanese module of the ISS International Space Station using its own vehicle, which is similar to the European ATV Automatic Transport Vehicle.