Penny & Giles launches with Ariane 5 and Envisat

Penny + Giles has supplied four different types of LVDTs for the European space programme. They have been installed on the direct drive valves and servo actuators used for both the thrust vector control of solid boosters and the Vulcain engine of the first stage of the Ariane 5 launch vehicle; and on the Aestus engine of the second stage.

LVDTs first made it into space in the successful launch of mission 502 from Kourou, French Guyana on 30th October 1997.

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