BLUE ORIGIN SELECTS TEST-FUCHS HYDRAULIC GROUND POWER UNITS TO HELP BUILD A ROAD TO SPACE
In late 2021, Blue Origin selected TEST-FUCHS to supply a fleet of hydraulic ground power units that will support the build of the first and second stage integration testing of the New Glenn single configuration heavy-lift launch vehicle. Additionally a special hydraulic power unit will be configured for the landing ship, which has the mission of safe recovery of the first stage. This unit requires special configuration in order to operate in nearly all weather conditions and sea-state.
The TEST-FUCHS >HGPU Series< hydraulic power units are commercially available units and market leaders in the production of civil aircraft. Additionally these units are used by the two largest airlines in the United States for on aircraft testing and are strategically placed in all major airport hubs domestically as well as internationally. The New Glenn ground hydraulic power units used the commercially available design and make use of already existing configuration options to meet the very specific demands of the space mission. This insure a compliant but economical solution with proven heritage.
Blue Origin, founded by Jeff Bezos, is a private spaceflight company based in Kent, Washington. The New Glenn single configuration heavy-lift launch vehicle is capable of carrying people and payloads routinely to Earth orbit and beyond and it features a reusable first stage section. The first mission is scheduled for launch at Complex 36 at Cape Canaveral Florida sometime in 2023.
Delivery of the 12 HGPU’s begins late this year and will be completed in Q1 of 2023. Blue Origin was very complementary of the professionalism of team TEST-FUCHS and said “they never felt they needed to micro-manage the project.” For this they were very thankful. Additionally the sales team would like to thank Markus Irschik, Bernd Höfinger and the whole project and assembly team for the excellent work in design/manufacturing as well as the great multi-site (TF-US/ TF-GS) project teamwork over the last few months. This is a job very well done!
This new supplier relationship to Blue Origin is very important to TEST-FUCHS and it is another success strongly linked to TEST-FUCHS opening its U.S. operations in Brecksville Ohio in 2017.