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Ball Aerospace Tapped for Hamilton Sundstrand ONR Demonstration
August 9, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- UTC Aerospace Systems' legacy
Hamilton Sundstrand business was recently awarded a contract by the Office of
Naval Research (ONR) to demonstrate an energy-dense air independent power system
for an undersea vehicle as part of ONR's Long-Endurance Undersea Vehicle
Propulsion (LEUVP) Program. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United
Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
This Program will develop an energy storage system that will allow an undersea
vehicle to carry out a longer mission with additional capabilities. UTC
Aerospace Systems, together with UTC Power and Ball Aerospace & Technologies
Corp., will demonstrate a fully integrated solution that includes a Proton
Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC) and cryogenically stored fuel and oxidant.
The PEMFC-based system would replace existing battery systems, providing greater
energy and operational options to the U.S. Navy.
"We are currently in production with the PEMFC providing a Fuel Cell Power
Module for the Spanish Navy's S-80 Submarine and feel that we are well placed
with our partners to deliver a proven option to ONR and the US Navy on this
program," said G. Allen Flynt, general manager, Space Systems, UTC Aerospace
"Ball Aerospace is a leader in long duration storage and management of cryogens
for both space and tactical environments," said Jim Oschmann, vice president and
general manager for Ball's Tactical Solutions strategic business unit. "Ball
provided the cryogenic hydrogen and oxygen power reactant storage tanks on all
of the NASA space shuttles and most recently the liquid hydrogen tanks for the
Boeing Phantom Eye prototype High Altitude Long Endurance demonstration
UTC Power, a proven leader in the design, manufacture and deployment of fuel
cells for a wide range of applications, is designing the fuel cell power module
system for this demonstration project. "We are pleased that our fuel cell
technology and system design are key elements to this exciting project," said
Joe Triompo, vice president and general manager of UTC Power. "This application
of our PEM technology builds on our rich history of providing clean, dependable
power for the world around us - from building and buses to spacecrafts and
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. supports critical missions for national
agencies such as the Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA and other U.S. government
and commercial entities. The company develops and manufactures spacecraft,
advanced instruments and sensors, components, data exploitation systems and RF
solutions for strategic, tactical and scientific applications.
Based in South Windsor, Conn., UTC Power is the world leader in developing and
producing fuel cells that generate energy for buildings and for transportation,
space and defense applications. UTC Power has designed, manufactured, and
installed more than 300 stationary fuel cells in 19 countries on six continents.
UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and
components for the aerospace and defense industries. UTC Aerospace Systems
supports a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and
customer service facilities.
United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company
that provides high-technology products and services to the aerospace and