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Structures

APCO Technologies is one of the European Leaders for the development, manufacturing, assembly, integration and testing of lightweight structure and thermal subsystems for Satellites and Instruments.

Based on 25 years of heritage in scientific and commercial space programmes as well as the success of its two large composite production lines, APCO Technologies offers optimized and competitive Satellite Platform structures making use of CFRP and aluminium sandwich panels up to 5m x 3m.

For instruments, APCO Technologies is considered as the leading company for the development and realization of innovative and complex stable structures.

With its full range of qualified design and manufacturing processes, APCO Technologies proposes turn-key structural and thermal subsystems with aluminium, titanium or CFRP inserts, with active or passive thermal control, and with electrical harnesses.

Mechanisms

APCO Technologies is very active in the development and realization of Flight Mechanisms, mainly for scientific instruments.

To comply with its customers’ challenging needs, APCO Technologies has developed specific knowledge and technologies such as a miniaturized linear bearing, high-performance mirror coating, unique micro-vibration management and analysis competencies.

APCO Technologies has also invested in a 1 cubic-meter thermal vacuum chamber and develop a range of EGSE in order to perform its own tests (lifetime, thermal cycling, bake-out…) and offer its Customers maximum flexibility and reactivity.

APCO Technologies’ heritage now covers mechanisms used in an operational temperature range from -160°C to +155°C with a qualified lifetime up to 500’000 cycles.