Delaware business: ILC develops air bags for space station crew
The News Journal
ILC Dover, the Frederica-area company that gained fame making spacesuits for NASA, has developed air-bag systems that aerospace giant Boeing hopes will one day help safely land crew members traveling home from the International Space Station.
Boeing is competing with other companies to develop a low-earth-orbit vehicle to carry crew members to and from the station, after the space agency retires its shuttle next year.
ILC Dover recently delivered six air-bag systems to Boeing, though a price was not disclosed. Boeing expects to begin test-landing its vehicle, using a crane, but no parachute, in coming weeks.
Air-bag development is an old game for ILC Dover, Cliff Willey, the company’s program manager for inflatable products, points out.
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