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PCB supplier wins formal approval from European Space Agency

Invotec : 27 January, 2014  (Company News)
Invotec Group, manufacturer of time critical, high technology PCBs, has been formally awarded ESA approval – the first PCB supplier to achieve such approval in many years.
The company already has a rich space heritage, manufacturing HDI and HDI Flex-Rigid boards for a variety of ESA and non ESA space programmes to OEM specifications which, in many cases, go beyond the current ESA approvals.
Invotec’s Tamworth facility claims to be the only ESA approved facility with a full in-house HDI capability and the company is looking forward to working with ESA to develop new standards for the use of HDI boards to complement existing OEM requirements.
Tim Tatton, Invotec Group’s Managing Director, commented: “We are delighted to have won European Space Agency approval following an extremely rigorous & very challenging approval process. It represents a formal acknowledgement of our technological and manufacturing capability as well as the strength of our commitment to ultra-high reliability. We are very much looking forward to contributing to future ESA projects.”
European Space Agency
The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. An international organisation with 20 Member States, its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.
ESA programmes are designed to find out more about Earth, its immediate space environment, the Solar System and the wider Universe in addition to developing satellite-based technologies and services as well as promoting European industries. ESA also works closely with space organisations outside Europe.
ESA's headquarters are in Paris which is where policies and programmes are decided. The Agency also has sites in a number of European countries, each of which has different responsibilities:
  • EAC, the European Astronauts Centre in Cologne, Germany
  • ESAC, the European Space Astronomy Centre, in Villanueva de la Canada, Madrid, Spain
  • ESOC, the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany
  • ESRIN, the ESA centre for Earth Observation, in Frascati, near Rome, Italy
  • ESTEC, the European Space Research and Technology Centre, Noordwijk, the Netherlands
A new ESA centre has opened in the United Kingdom, at Harwell, Oxfordshire. In addition, there are also liaison offices in Belgium, USA and Russia, a launch base in French Guiana and ground/tracking stations in various parts of the world.
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