Marotta Controls offers new cryogenic test stand to evaluate pneumatic valves and other space-grade components

Marotta Controls announced it now houses a new cryogenic test stand in Montvale capable of testing pressurized components used in spacecraft.

The test apparatus is an open top or magnet dewar system that uses liquid helium to achieve temperatures lower than -450° (-232° C) or near absolute zero, to simulate the environmental flight conditions found in space.

Marotta will use the test stand to evaluate its space-grade pneumatic valves up to 16 inches in diameter, delivering on its commitment to simplify and speed development and delivery of components to customers.

The installation of the new test stand follows a series of dedicated initiatives driven by Marotta to serve the growing commercial spaceflight market. In 2020, the company introduced its first set of CoRe solenoid valves for cryogenic temperatures. The CoRe Flow Controls series is a portfolio of 13 high-performance solenoid valves designed for complex commercial launch vehicles and stands as one of the only valve catalogs available for space vehicles.

“We have a history of taking our designs from conception through to testing under our own roof, as we feel this is the best way to ensure quality and ROI for our customers,” said Brian Ippolitto, director, aerospace systems engineering, Marotta Controls. “And now, with the cryogenic test stand, we can validate and verify any and all flight-critical components so customers can test like they fly. We continue to invest in this dynamic market to ensure we meet current customer needs while positioning ourselves for future program developments.”

The test stand can be used to collect data for design validation during development and qualification testing process or as part of environmental stress screening of production units for verification of assembly workmanship.