Sheffield-based Chesterfield Special Cylinders (CSC) has won a contract from the European Space Agency and the French Government’s National Centre for Space Studies to supply high pressure gas cylinders for the future launches of its space rockets, including Ariane 5, Vega and Soyuz. The specially-designed products will be used in launches from this year onwards.
CSC has been contracted by the Italian space sector specialist Telematic Solutions to design and manufacture 15 bespoke 1,000-litre cylinders to provide the necessary helium for pressurisation of tanks implemented on the rocket launcher in French Guiana.
CSC’s business development manager, Daniel Millard, says the contract is a major milestone for CSC. “The European space programme is one of the world’s leading engineering projects, so obviously every single component has to be 100% reliable. It is a mark of CSC’s reputation that our cylinders will be relied on in this project for some time to come and recognition of our designers’ and engineers’ skill that CSC has been chosen as a programme partner."
The CSC cylinders are due for delivery to French Guiana in Spring 2016.
The ESA is the owner of the launch infrastructure for the Ariane 5, Vega and Soyuz launchers. This includes the launcher and satellite preparation buildings, the launch operation facilities and the launcher production facilities for the rockets’ solid propellant boosters.