ESA-ESTEC Selects LMS Test.Lab Environmental LMS Systems Used to Qualify European Spacecrafts

Leuven, Belgium - March 5, 2003 - LMS International announced that
ESA-ESTEC, one of its longstanding customers, is currently integrating
next-generation LMS test hardware and LMS vibration control and
data-reduction software. To effectively qualify European spacecrafts and
their components, Europe's largest test center will deploy LMS Test.Lab
Environmental software and LMS SCADAS III hardware, altogether adding up to
568 data acquisition channels. LMS Test.Lab Environmental empowers highly
accurate measurements to take place with relentless performance and maximum
accuracy and safety.

The European Space research and TEchnology Centre (ESTEC), based in The
Netherlands, is the largest entity of the European Space Agency (ESA) and
houses the largest European space test center for environmental test
programs. Satellites and other space vehicles are positioned on a shaker or
in an acoustic reverberation room to be subjected to very specific vibration
or acoustic loads that they will experience during their real missions. For
example, a satellite's capacity to survive the roaring of the boosters
during launch may be verified, or the shock resulting from deploying an
antenna in space.

LMS systems to be delivered at ESTEC combine LMS Test.Lab Environmental
software and LMS SCADAS III hardware. The 40-channel vibration control
system accurately controls specific load excitation schedules in real time
and in closed-loop mode. A central unit manages the overall test system
while four stations, positioned as isles around the object under test,
process all measurement data. Each isle manages the data processing of a
128-channel LMS acquisition system, displays real-time measurement results
and delivers printed test reports. Easy-transportable data processing
stations offer great test flexibility: they can be divided over multiple
simultaneous test programs or participate in the same test program, the
latter firmly reducing the risk of losing measurement data.

Filip Pintelon, Corporate Vice-President and General Manager Test Division
at LMS, stated, "LMS is supplying the test solution that will form the core
of vibration qualification tests ESTEC performs at their environmental test
center. The ESA-ESTEC decision to implement the LMS Test.Lab solution is
another confirmation that the LMS offering is perfectly aligned with the
specific challenges of mission-critical environmental test assignments." Jan
Debille, Product Manager Environmental Test Systems, added, "LMS Test.Lab
will manage the excitation of the loads, the processing of the responding
measurement signals and the delivery of timely reporting to all suppliers
involved in satellite developments."

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products, creating and maintaining distinctive brand values. LMS' unmatched
understanding of the product development process is captured through a
unique combination of products and services supporting physical and virtual
product development: Test systems, CAE software products and engineering
services. Critical attributes such as noise and vibration, ride, handling,
motion, acoustics and fatigue are turned from problems to competitive
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