Hamilton Sundstrand Equipment Playing Key Role in STS-119 Mission

March 16, 2009

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn., March 16 /PRNewswire/ — Hamilton Sundstrand equipment is playing a key role in NASA’s STS-119 mission to the International Space Station. Hamilton Sundstrand is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

During the 14-day mission, the Hamilton Sundstrand spacesuit will support three spacewalks (EVAs) to install the final set of solar array wings and truss element needed to complete the International Space Station’s electricity generating system. The Hamilton Sundstrand spacesuit will also facilitate other EVA tasks supporting International Space Station maintenance.

“Since the beginning of the Apollo era, Hamilton Sundstrand has been proud to contribute to our nation’s space exploration program,” said Allen Flynt, general manager, Space Systems, Hamilton Sundstrand Energy, Space & Defense. “Our employees work extremely hard to meet and exceed all mission requirements.”

Through its One EVA program, Hamilton Sundstrand will provide mission support for its spacesuit, in addition to the tools and ancillary hardware needed to accomplish the mission’s EVAs. The One EVA program is a team of five companies, led by Hamilton Sundstrand, providing NASA a common business approach for all EVA-related equipment and tools.

Using the International Space Station’s robotic arm, the STS-119 crew will install the solar panel arrays to complete the station’s solar electricity capabilities. The entire set of arrays will generate approximately 80 kilowatts of electricity, which is enough to power 30 average-sized homes. The arrays are part of a larger electrical distribution system designed and built by Hamilton Sundstrand’s Rocketdyne business.

STS-119 is the 125th shuttle flight and 28th mission to the International Space station.

Hamilton Sundstrand, a partner in America’s space program since its inception, provides a number of power and environmental control systems for the International Space Station, space shuttle and the Orion crew exploration vehicle now under development. Hamilton Sundstrand has been the prime contractor to NASA for the space suit since the shuttle era began in 1981.

With 2008 revenues of $6.2 billion, Hamilton Sundstrand employs approximately 18,300 people worldwide and is headquartered in Windsor Locks, Conn. Among the world’s largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and industrial products, the company designs, manufactures and services aerospace systems and provides integrated system solutions for commercial, regional, corporate and military aircraft. It also is a major supplier for international space programs.

United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries worldwide.

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