Magna Parva wins ESA contract to develop spacecraft windows

Engineering research company Magna Parva has been awarded a contract by the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop the capability to design and test window assemblies for future manned space missions.

This is a first for the UK, as this capability has so far been available mainly in the ‘traditional’ manned-space-exploration countries.

Spacecraft window assemblies are key parts of manned missions, as not only must they be strong and lightweight, but also must ensure the integrity of the craft in which they are fitted.

Over the next eighteen months, Magna Parva will deploy a team at its offices in Bardon Hill in Leicestershire and Harwell in Oxfordshire to develop a prototype of the window and testing apparatus to ECSS space standards.