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A proven history in Launchers and Satellites
For more than 20 years, Aubert & Duval is proud to participate in the global space industry challenge, starting with the Ariane 4 launchers and continuing on PSLV, Ariane 5 and GSLV.Reputation has gained customers all over the world: Astrium, Thales-Alenia,Snecma Propulsion Solide, MT Aerospace, LPSC, SABCA, Pyroalliance, Altal, Avio…
Qualified Products and Process
A&D follows the most stringent requirements in terms of grade composition, microstructural integrity, dimensional tolerances and quality control. Grades designed for satellites can withstand temperatures down to – 200°C ! All our products comply with the most demanding standards. And, as a leading supplier of the aerospace industry, we also are NADCAP certified.
With R&D expenditure at 2% minimum of gross sales (our industry average is 0.5%) and with dedicated investments such as milling machines, lathes, heat treatment furnaces and testing equipment, Aubert & Duval makes sure that it keeps its competitive edge in terms of performance, quality and cost. Because we believe in the future of titanium, Aubert & Duval has teamed up with UKTMP to create UKAD, a joint venture company with a dedicated forging workshop that will produce and market semi-finished products in the form of titanium ingots, billets and bars. Closer to the final shape: in order to save on raw materials and on costly operations for its customers, A&D is constantly promoting innovative near net shape (NNS) solutions. This includes Powder Metallurgy hipped products, and a new technique combining closed-die forging with superplastic forming.
Today, several hundred satellites are flying thanks to Aubert & Duval technology !
Propellent tanks, engines, boosters, structural parts… Everywhere Aubert & Duval contributes to the safety of launchers and to the life of satellites and space-stations:Spacebus, XMM-Newton, Integral, Sentinel, Galileo, Herschel & Planck, ISS… We produce titanium and aluminum hemispherical shells for buffer tanks containing high pressure gas (Helium or Xenon). They play a key role in the propulsion phase of launchers and of automated transport vehicles. Once assembled, the 2 hemispherical shells guarantee the mechanical resistance of the composite structure and contribute to the economy of the launch by decreasing the load.
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