Irvin Aerospace Selected To Design Parachutes For NASA's Orion Spacecraft

SANTA ANA, Calif., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Irvin Aerospace, the world's first parachute engineering, design and manufacturing company founded in 1919, was selected by Jacobs Sverdrup for NASA to develop parachutes for NASA's Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV). Following the space shuttles retirement in 2010, NASA plans to replace the aging shuttle fleet with a number of reusable Orion spacecraft. Orion is expected to carry crew members to the International Space Station, the Moon and beyond.

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Working with an integrated product team (IPT) that includes NASA, Jacobs Sverdrup, and engineers from Irvin Aerospace, the design team will develop a CEV Parachute Assembly System (CPAS) which is scheduled to begin testing in approximately 6 months.

"We are extremely pleased with the opportunity to work with Jacobs and NASA," said Dave Berry, President of Irvin Aerospace. "Our company is very proud to be selected and we will focus our energies on working together in support of our Nation's Space Program."

Irvin is also working with NASA's Langley Research Center to explore the suitability of a Landing Airbag System for the final landing attenuation for the Orion spacecraft. Irvin was recently awarded a development contract from Rocketplane Kistler under NASA's recent Commercial Orbital Transpiration Services (COTS) program to complete the development of the RpK K-1 vehicle to provide commercial cargo deliver and eventually crew delivery services to the International Space Station.

The Orion contract award will add 10-15 engineering positions at Irvin's Santa Ana, California headquarters as well as a number of high skilled manufacturing positions. In addition, the RpK COTS award is expected to provide a similar number of engineering and manufacturing jobs.

About Irvin Aerospace

Irvin Aerospace is a world leader in the design, development, and manufacture of best-of-class parachutes for space and air vehicle recovery systems, deceleration systems for high-performance aircraft, military, personnel, and cargo parachute systems as well as ordnance flare chutes, airbags, and weapons delivery systems. Irvin's R&D group also designs a wide variety of deceleration systems for custom applications. Irvin Aerospace has more than 85 years of parachute engineering design experience with its U.S. Corporate Headquarters located in Santa Ana, California. As a member of Airborne Systems Group ( www.airbornesystemsgroup.com), Irvin Aerospace and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at www.irvinaerospace.com

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