Aspen Systems to Deliver ECU’s to Help Protect U.S. Forces Stationed in Afghanistan

Marlborough, MA – November 17, 2011 – Aspen Systems, Inc. announces receipt of a Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) order for customized Environmental Control Unit’s (ECU’s) to be used as part of the world’s first two day/night electro-optical/infrared Kestrel wide-area persistent surveillance system for aerostats or tethered blimps.

The customized ECU removes 350 Watts of waste heat from an Aerostat deployed motion-imagery system. Since it is an airborne system, Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) are key drivers to the program. Aspen’s solution was chosen because of its inherently compact vapor compression refrigeration technology and miniature compressor. Aspen’s product solution weighs a mere 12 lbs.

Aspen has developed the system and component technology used in the Kestrel ECU over the past 3 years under US Army funded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs. “This is another great example of SBIR developed technology resulting in a fielded product providing Warfighter protection,” stated Glenn Deming, Vice President of Aspen Systems. “These units are headed directly to Afghanistan for force protection at over 50 Forward Operating Bases.”

About Aspen Systems
Aspen Systems, Inc., founded in 1984, has been developing innovative and advanced technologies in diverse areas and selling related products around the world through spinoffs, subsidiaries and business units. Currently, Aspen is concentrating on creating and providing fractional horsepower and distributed thermal management solutions for use in extreme environments and unique applications. Compact, lightweight cooling systems for a broad range of applications are made possible by using the world’s smallest refrigeration compressors developed by Aspen. These compact cooling systems are geared for telecom equipment, military electronics transit cases, medical and laboratory equipment, over-clocking computers, server farms, personnel, etc.  Our compact refrigeration systems provide high efficiency cooling with low power consumption to meet the challenges of our customer’s demanding needs.  Learn more at

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