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UTC Aerospace Systems Working with NASA to Support Deep Space Exploration Systems, Future Missions to Mars

UTC Aerospace Systems will host a visit from NASA and Orion prime contractor Lockheed Martin at its Windsor Locks facility on Tuesday, October 31. The visit will center on UTC Aerospace Systems’ role in NASA’s Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System (SLS) rocket in support of human missions beyond the Moon.

UTC Aerospace Systems will provide active thermal control and power management and distribution hardware for the first uncrewed Orion mission, and will add environmental control and life support systems for subsequent crewed missions. For the SLS program, the company builds auxiliary power units and hydraulic systems for Boeing, Orbital ATK and Aerojet Rocketdyne.

Media are invited to tour UTC Aerospace Systems’ facility, interview former NASA astronaut Dominic “Tony” Antonelli as well as program officials from UTC Aerospace Systems, NASA, and Lockheed Martin, and attend an all-hands employee event.

Media interested in participating must RSVP to Al Killeffer at by noon EDT on Monday, October 30.

Media should arrive at UTC Aerospace Systems facility at One Hamilton Road in Windsor Locks at 1 PM on Tuesday and must bring a copy of their driver’s license, in addition to either a passport or birth certificate. An agenda is included below.

Media Timeline

1:00 pm                Media arrival and check-in

1:10 pm                Media briefing / overview

1:30 pm                Media tour and interviews with UTAS / NASA / LM representatives and former NASA astronaut Dominic “Tony” Antonelli

2:00 pm                All Hands Employee Event (featuring NASA presentations regarding the progress on flight hardware in production and NASA recognition of UTC Aerospace Systems employees making significant contributions to human spaceflight)

3:00 pm                Event concludes


NASA is leading the next steps of human space exploration with a series of deep space missions to the vicinity of the Moon, beginning with the first integrated mission of Orion — America’s spacecraft for the next generation of explorers — and the new heavy-lift SLS, the most powerful rocket in the world.

The first integrated flight test of Orion and SLS will launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a three-week uncrewed mission beyond the Moon and back. A second mission will follow with the system’s first crewed mission, which will take humans farther in space than ever before. These missions will help NASA build a flexible, reusable and sustainable infrastructure that will last for decades and support missions of increasing complexity, including to Mars.

Learn more about Orion at:

Launch into details about the Space Launch System at:

About UTC Aerospace Systems

UTC Aerospace Systems is one of the world’s largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and defense products. UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defense industries, supporting a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and customer service facilities. For more information about the company, visit our website at or follow us on Twitter: @utcaerosystems