ESR Technology gains Master Supplier status!


​ESR Technology, a Hyder Consulting group company and provider of space mechanism design and manufacture, has been awarded Master Supplier by Airbus Defence and Space at a presentation on 1st July 2014.

For over two decades, ESR Technology’s space business has been supplying Airbus DS with Solar Array Drive Mechanism (SADM) baseplate subassemblies. Every Airbus ‘Eurostar’ telecommunication satellite has two SADMs, which are used to point the solar arrays towards the Sun and transfer the electrical power to the spacecraft.

ESR rewarded for high performance

The Airbus DS award was given in recognition of ESR’s continuous high performance, evaluated annually by Airbus DS against five key criteria; logistics, commercial, technical, customer support and quality. Although the award was given primarily for ESR’s SADM baseplates, it also encompasses the company’s supply of bearings for another Airbus DS spacecraft mechanism, the Antenna Deployment and Trimming Mechanism.

A dedicated team of engineers in the ESR Space business meticulously assemble each baseplate from a kit of high-precision components manufactured by key suppliers. The SADM’s thin-section bearings and its ring gear are lubricated with ESTL’s ultra-thin films of sputtered lead.

The fully integrated SADM baseplate is then tested in vacuum, and delivered to Airbus DS in person as part of the Delivery Review. Following integration and testing at SADM level, the whole assembly is fitted onto the next Eurostar telecommunications satellite.

Space industry gets a great launch
1st July 2014, the day of the presentation of the award, coincided with the launch of Airbus Defence and Space, which brings together four of the Airbus Group’s defence and aerospace businesses into a single organisation, the largest of its type in Europe. The part of this group that ESR delivers the SADM baseplates to was previously known as Astrium.
Simon Griffin, ESR’s Business Director responsible for Space activities said: “I am very proud to be part of the team that has won this award. It reflects what I love about the space industry; excellence and integrity with a personal touch. I hope that this award will give us visibility of other parts of Airbus, so that we can offer them a similar experience.
Martin Gittins, the head of Airbus Defence and Space Mechanisms group said: “Airbus DS values the long standing relationship with ESR ensuring the high standards required for space mechanisms are met. It is vital to continue to work with and create willing UK partners to improve the competitiveness of our products.”
Notes to editors
About ESR Technology
ESR Technology, a Hyder Consulting group company, is one of the UK’s leading engineering, safety and risk consultancies, providing essential independent technical advice, products and expertise to drive its customers’ businesses forward.
ESR Technology’s highly-skilled, world-class consultancy teams have in-depth experience of working with customers across a variety of sectors, including oil and gas, utilities, transport, industrial and space.

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