01 Jul 2022

European Space Agency certification achieved

ST Engineering iDirect achieves European Space Agency certification, advancing aerospace manufacturing capabilities

ST Engineering iDirect has announced  it will be manufacturing components used in flight systems for spacecraft, to European Cooperation for Space Standardisation (ECSS) standards, at its Manufacturing Competence Centre (MCC) in Belgium.

Following the stringent certification process by the European Space Agency (ESA), ST Engineering iDirect says it will help to make components for QinetiQ, a British multinational defence and space technology company and this makes it the sole subcontracting company offering these services in Belgium.

ST Engineering iDirect’s MCC will provide its specialist manual and automated soldering services to QinetiQ for its ADPMS-3 satellite board computer systems and for the International Berthing and Docking Mechanism (IBDM) currently in development with ESA, enabling vehicles carrying cargo or passengers to dock softly, with less force. Furthermore, it will also assist in building components for payload projects.

ST Engineering iDirect’s MCC Sales and Marketing Manager, Danny De Smet said: “The process of becoming ESA-certified has been incredibly thorough in assuring the quality, the education and capabilities of the MCC and its workforce. This accreditation and the additional commencement of our automated soldering activity will open doors for our company to broaden our footprint in the industry, as well as strengthen the Belgian spaceflight ecosystem. We’re very appreciative of the support from QinetiQ and their recognition of our capabilities in providing larger scale component soldering.”

Erik Masure, QinetiQ’s Managing Director in Belgium said: “We’ve been consistently impressed by ST Engineering iDirect’s – and specifically the MCC team – ability to rise to the challenge of becoming ESA-accredited over the past few years. Working with a partner in close proximity to our space facilities in Kruibeke, Belgium, is incredibly beneficial for the success of our relationship. We look forward to deepening our partnership and working together in the future.”

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Company info: ST Engineering