ESA awards development contract to AMPAC-ISP Europe

  • 30-Sep-2011 01:54 EDT

AMPAC-ISP Corp., American Pacific Corp.'s wholly owned in-space propulsion subsidiary, announced that its European operations (AMPAC-ISP Europe) signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) for the development of the next-generation rocket engine technologies to be used for future interplanetary missions. The initial phase of the contract is valued at over €2 million, which is split between the Irish and U.K. divisions of AMPAC-ISP. As part of the Irish work-scope, a subcontract valued at €125,000 has been placed with Engineering Solutions International Ltd. of Kinsealy for specialist CFD. The ESA contract will involve the development of new processes, materials, and technologies to improve the performance of liquid apogee engines used in spacecraft orbit insertion and other in-space propulsion maneuvers.

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