Due to the bespoke nature of our components, the uses for them really are limitless, and see them used almost anywhere, including outer space. Learn about the various aerospace heating applications our equipment has been used for.
NASA continue to push the boundaries of space exploration. Work is currently underway on the ARTEMIS programme to put humans back on the moon for the first time since 1972. Food is a major obstacle for the crew; obviously the only reliable source is what they take with them. Eventually, the goal is to be able to grow food during long haul missions, but at present our preformed heaters help prepare the astronauts' meals.
SpaceX has revolutionised space exploration by developing and implementing reusable rocket systems, and their work has drastically reduced the costs associated with sending people, satellites and probes into orbit. Holroyd Components are supplying Kapton heaters used in the rockets to maintain temperatures critical to application.
Modern aircraft often cruise at altitudes of 33,000 to 40,000ft. At this altitude, the outside air temperature can be as low as -56C. All of the aircraft’s support system such as control, navigation and lighting are battery powered, and batteries do not fair well in such extreme temperatures. Holroyd Components manufacture heaters that keep these batteries warm, enabling them to function at high altitudes and the systems functioning throughout flight.
Many composite structures on aircraft consist of thin skins bonded to honeycomb or foam core. These always use bonded repairs, because thin composite laminates do not handle lateral bearing loads well. Holroyd material heaters are used within composite repairs often at very short notice for an AOG (aircraft on ground) scenario. Often these kinds of jobs are undertaken by utilising our fast track service.