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Newtec Works With QinetiQ, Moves Toward ESA Certification

By | June 18, 2019
Newtec HQ in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium

Newtec HQ in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. Photo: Newtec

Newtec is working with QinetiQ on two key projects as it enters the Belgian space market. QinetiQ is a science and engineering company operating primarily in the defense, security, space and air markets, and chose Newtec’s Manufacturing Competence Center (MCC), in Erpe-Mere, Belgium, to provide the soldering of on-board electronics for two projects. The work will contribute towards Newtec’s European Space Agency (ESA) certification which the company hopes to complete by 2020.

Under the agreement, Newtec will work on two initiatives – the International Berthing and Docking Mechanism (IBDM) and the development of onboard computers for the next generation of satellites QinetiQ is planning to build. The IBDM, which is being developed together with ESA, will enable vehicles carrying cargo or passengers to dock softly at any space station with less force.

“Our work with QinetiQ is the beginning of a strong legacy we hope to create in the space industry in Belgium,” said Danny De Smet, who is responsible for Business Development at Newtec’s MCC. “We are delighted that QinetiQ has entrusted us with this project which will showcase the skills we have honed throughout our work in other industries, including the industrial, avionics and military sectors. Our ability to deliver this work for QinetiQ is the result of company ambition and investment that has further enhanced our manufacturing capabilities.”