Airbus DS-Stevenage Thermal Design and Manufacturing Facility
21 Mar 2018



Airbus has vast experience in internal and external thermal design to meet the thermal requirements of the harsh space environment.


​ADS-S MLI Facility

The Thermal Blanket team has been responsible for the design and manufacture of varying different lay-ups of Multi-Layer-Insulation (MLI), with experience in the delivery and installation of both test and flight blankets for over 30 years, in support of many spacecraft programmes. The team also has the responsibility for the design and manufacture of spacecraft antenna sunshields, which combine effective thermal protection with RF transparency and total ESD protection for all sizes of antenna reflectors. The Thermal Blanket facility is located in the Phoenix clean room with the following characteristics: Clean room dimensions (W x L x H): 10m x 45m x 3m; Temperature controlled: 20°C ± 3°C; Relative Humidity controlled: 50% ± 10%; Central monitoring and control of temperature and humidity to ISO 8; Ultrasonic cutting machine Multi-Layer Insulation (MLI), Dual-Layer Insulation (DLI) and Single-Layer (SLI)​
Multi-layer Insulation (MLI) Fabrication