Odense, 18. October 2019
Danish Aerospace Company A/S has now signed the second part of the contract for the delivery of new space ergometers to NASA. The entire order is now under signature and includes 3 new FERGO ergometers.
- Danish Aerospace Company A/S ("DAC") in Odense has today signed the second part of the purchase order with Jacobs Engineering in the USA on delivery of the company's new FERGO space ergometer to NASA. (FERGO = Flight ERGOmeter)
- This second part of the order, which is now signed, is worth DKK 8.1 million.
- The first part of the order was signed on the 20th of June this year. The first part was just over DKK 3.5 million and covers the part of the work that was in NASA's previous financial year (October 1, 2018 to September 31, 2019).
- The total order, which runs until the end of 2020, has a total of DKK 11.6 million.
- NASA is the first customer for DAC's new generation of ergometers - FERGO.
- The first FERGO ergometer is due to be delivered to NASA in the spring of 2020, and the first launch of the new FERGO ergometer to the International Space Station, is expected to take place in early 2021.
CEO of DAC, Thomas A. E. Andersen, is pleased that the complete order now is signed.
”We are very pleased that the second part of this large FEGRO purchase order now is signed as expected. This gives us an excellent basis for next year. We are already far into the detailed work on the new Ergometers and it is progressing according to the plan. We are very proud of the fact, that NASA once again has chosen us, a Danish company, to deliver their space ergometers.” says Thomas A. E. Andersen.
FERGO is DAC's new generation of space ergometers and it has been under development at DAC as an internal development project for the last three to four years. FERGO will eventually replaces DAC's current CEVIS ergometers on the International Space Station ISS.
DAC has since 1992 provided 10 Shuttle Cycle Ergometers for NASA's space shuttle program and 4 CEVIS Ergometers (Cycle Ergometer with Vibration Isolation System) for Mir and the International Space Station - ISS.
In addition, since 1993, DAC have had ongoing maintenance contracts with various NASA subcontractors on the CEVIS ergometers through their use on the Space Shuttles, the now-retired Russian space station Mir and today at the International Space Station.
At the end of the eighties, the DAC began developing a space ergometer on contract with the European Space Agency (ESA). After NASA learned DAC's ergometers and tested it, they eventually switched to DAC’s Shuttle Ergometer. Since then, DAC has been a regular supplier to NASA. (Since NASA cannot sign into direct contracts with foreign companies, it is done through one of NASA's subcontractors).
For Further information:
CEO Thomas A.E. Andersen, Mobile: +45 40 29 41 62
DAC's new FERGO-ergometer, which NASA has purchased. (Photo: DAC)
ESA Astronaut Andreas Mogensen on DAC's current CEVIS ergometer on the International Space Station ISS. (Photo: ESA)