From Space plane to sky crane, VACCO pressure regulator (From the space shuttle program) was reused on the descent stage for the Curiosity rover that landed on Mars 5 years ago. Read More
VACCO on high Impulse Propulsion System Design for CubeSats at JANNAF Conference. Read More
VACCO's Micro Propulsion Systems for CubeSats in the current edition of Aerospace America! Read More
NASA Tech Briefs for VACCO's Helium Reclamation Plant! Read More
VACCO is a proud member of the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration (CDSE) Read More
Congresswoman Linda Sánchez visited VACCO’s corporate office in South El Monte on November 21, 2016.
VACCO employees and management team were all very excited to have her to visit our facilities.
We especially enjoyed her intelligence, attentiveness, and caring in her interactions with us.
Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket returned to flight with a new look following a two year long reconfiguration to incorporate RD-181 first stage engines. The launch took place on October 17th from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island, Virginia.
This was the sixth flight of the Antares using VACCO supplied Check Valves, High and Low Pressure Latch Valves, Service Valves and Filters.
Antares was developed to launch Orbital’s Cygnus spacecraft to resupply the International Space Station, part of NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program. The Antares rocket first flew in April 2013 carrying a mass simulator designed to mimic a Cygnus vehicle along with four CubeSats.
“Today after nearly four years of non-use we opened latch valves and fired a pyrovalve to repressurize the propellant tanks on the Juno spacecraft. Everything went well as we had hoped.”
The events as told to VACCO by Lockheed Martin were as follows; Lockheed first opened the two VACCO high pressure latch valves which brought GHe back on line to pressurize the fuel tanks. The latch valves opened fine and the VACCO check valves showed proper crack and reseat. Then, they fired a pyrovalve and repressurized the OX tank (the same good check valve performance was repeated). After a 4 hour period the two high pressure latch valves were closed. The spacecraft was then pressurized for Juno’s Orbit Insertion phase or JOI and the valves were reopened Sunday afternoon (33 hours before JOI) for the orbit burn which we later learned to be as successful.
VACCO Industries congratulates Lockheed Martin on their successful mission, and we are proud to be aboard the Juno spacecraft.
MAVEN spacecraft arrived at Mars! The satellite seamlessly entered the Martian orbit Sunday, September 21 to begin its one-year mission. Built by Lockheed Martin, NASA launched MAVEN toward the red planet on November 18, 2013. VACCO proudly has the following hardware in its Propulsion System:
The primary mission of this satellite is to study Mars’ upper atmosphere. Coupling its data with Curiosity’s ground testing statistics will provide scientists with a full picture of Mars’ atmosphere.
On May 6, 2014, VACCO Industries hosted a celebration at its South El Monte facility to commemorate 60 years of success. Read more about VACCO and the special event here: