Space Propulsion Systems

Cobham Wins Contract for Space Launch System Pyrotechnic Valves

Cobham awarded contract by Boeing for pyrotechnic valves for the Space Launch System

Orchard Park, New York - Cobham announces a contract awarded by Boeing for pyrotechnic valves for the Space Launch System Exploration Upper Stage Reaction Control System.  The pyrotechnic valves will play a critical role in isolating helium gas pressurant from the propellant tanks, and isolating propellant from rocket engine modules.  This critical functionality will protect personnel when servicing the Exploration Upper Stage while on the ground, and will allow the engines to operate on demand once in space.



"This new contract for pyrotechnic valves is a welcome addition to the other products we supply to Boeing for the SLS, including check and relief valves, as we work together to expand access to deep space," said Stuart Buckley, Vice President, Business Development and Sales at Cobham Mission Systems.  "We currently anticipate delivering flight hardware in 2019."


As a world leading supplier, Cobham supplies pyrotechnic valves for other launch vehicles, satellites, deep space missions, and missiles applications. We also supply life support products, and commercial and government satellite and launch vehicle propulsion solutions.  Other product offerings include high pressure oxygen and nitrogen life support regulators, valves and assemblies, lightweight composite fuel tanks, service valves, solenoid valves, latching valves, xenon regulators, proportional flow control valves, and miniature valves for satellites.  We also understand the challenges of new space, and can readily modify our products to meet the technical and budgetary challenges of commercial space endeavours. 


About Cobham Mission Systems

The most capable critical control solutions for extreme environments.

As the world's leading supplier of critical control solutions, we help our customers to increase the safety and mission capabilities of their personnel and equipment in extreme environments.


Our proven and trusted solutions in air-to-air refuelling, life support, weapons carriage and unmanned systems, deliver assured performance and class-leading through-life costs that enable our customers to bring complex projects to market quickly, and with minimal risk.


About Cobham

The most important thing we build is trust.

Cobham is a leading global technology and services innovator, respected for providing solutions to the most challenging problems, from deep space to the depths of the ocean.


We employ around 11,000 people primarily in the USA, UK, Europe and Australia, and have customers and partners in over 100 countries, with market leading positions in: wireless, audio, video and data communications, including satellite communications; defence electronics; air-to-air refuelling; aviation services; life support and mission equipment.



Cobham Mission Systems
Stuart Buckley
Vice President, Business Development and Sales
+1(716) 667 6492


Cobham Mission Systems
Eric Stellrecht
Product Group Director Space Systems
+1 (716) 667 6473

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