This headline features in a recent press release made by Lockheed Martin that announces that their satellites will be the first to carry Australian-made precision components into space. Components made by Ronson Gears as part of 5 contracts signed with Lockheed Martin to add to their Global Supply Chain Program.
To say that we’re proud of the confidence shown in us by such a global leader as Lockheed Martin would be an understatement. Especially, when Joe North, Lockheed Martin’s Chief Executive in Australia states: “Our collaboration with local research and industry partners, like Ronson Gears demonstrates that Australia has the capabilities here and now to participate in Space.”
So how will our components be utilised in space?
We are providing prototype gears for the Common Solar Array Drive Assembly. This is a vital piece of kit that rotates the solar cell arrays towards the sun to power the satellite.
An additional contract has also been awarded for supplying anti-backlash output gears integrated into the sub assembly.
As is stated in the press release, Ronson Gears had to satisfy the most stringent qualifications and manufacturing processes to be successful.
In fact, our General Manager, Gavin New, is the most recent graduate of Lockheed Martin’s Program Management Institute (PMI). Gavin obviously impressed!
Please read the full Lockheed Martin press release below…