Aspen Systems to Deliver Additional ECU’s for Kestrel Surveillance Systems

Marlborough, MA – October 16, 2012 – Aspen Systems, Inc., a developer of miniaturized, rugged refrigeration systems, has been awarded a purchase order from Logos Technologies to manufacture an additional 26 customized Environmental Control Unit’s (ECU’s) for the Kestrel aerial surveillance system.  The unique ECU provides thermal management for critical components in the Kestrel surveillance camera suite.  Kestrel has the ability to scan a city-sized area from a tethered blimp during the day or at night for military forward-base protection.

The customized ECU uses Aspen’s miniature vapor compression refrigeration components and was built to remove 350 Watts of waste heat from the Kestrel surveillance system.  The system design went from the drawing board to low rate production in less than three months.  The airborne thermal management system meets critical size, weight, and power requirements of the program.  The ECU weighs a mere 12 pounds and is mounted atop the surveillance camera suite on the Kestrel.

This purchase order follows closely on the successful field performance of initial Kestrel Aerostats delivered to the military earlier this spring.

“We are pleased our technology has proved successful in assisting in the protection of our forces in Afghanistan.  The system developed for Logos Technologies is an example of how Aspen’s  ruggedized components can  be quickly configured to meet  stringent application requirements to enable systems such as the Kestrel Aerostat surveillance system,” stated Glenn Deming, Vice President of Aspen Systems.  “The ECUs ordered today like the ones delivered earlier this year, are headed directly to Afghanistan for force protection, ultimately saving the lives of troops at 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. Compact, lightweight thermal management systems for a broad range of applications are made possible by using the world’s smallest refrigeration compressors developed by Aspen. 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 www.aspensystems.com

Aspen Systems Contact:
Charles Flanagan – Marketing Manager
cflanagan@aspensystems.com

(508) 481-5058 ext. 124

Aspen Systems and Dr. Kang P. Lee Inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame

Colorado Springs, CO, – On April 19, 2012 Aspen Systems, Inc. (represented by Drs. Kang P. Lee, and Jae Ryu), along with Aspen Aerogels, Inc., an Aspen Systems spinoff (represented by Dr. George Gould), and NASA Kennedy Space Center (represented by James Fesmire) were inducted by the Space Foundation into the Space Technology Hall of Fame as Innovating Organizations and Individual Innovators.  The induction is based on the  innovative efforts by Aspen, Lee and others to develop and commercialize Superinsulating Flexible Aerogel products after seven decades of unsuccessful attempts to commercialize practical aerogel products by others around the world.  Aspen’s feat is being recognized by the Space Foundation as “an outstanding example of applying space technology for the betterment of life on Earth.”

The technology for manufacturing aerogels was originally developed at Aspen Systems starting in 1993 with a Phase I Small Business Innovative Research contract award from NASA Kennedy Space Center.   The success of that effort and its follow-on NASA contracts resulted in the formation of the spinoff company Aspen Aerogels, Inc. in 2001.  Aspen Aerogels, Inc. presently produces and sells superinsulating flexible aerogel products worldwide.

“It is an honor for Aspen Systems and each of us to be inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame,” says Dr. Kang P. Lee, Chairman and President of Aspen Systems, Inc.  “A lot of hard work has gone into and continues to go into developing new innovative technologies and products with global benefits in mind.”

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 and produced by Aspen Compressor, a subsidiary of 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 www.aspensystems.com

Aspen Systems Contact:
Charles Flanagan – Marketing Manager
cflanagan@aspensystems.com

(508) 481-5058 ext. 124

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 www.aspensystems.com

Aspen Systems Contact:
Charles Flanagan – Marketing Manager
cflanagan@aspensystems.com
(508) 481-5058 ext. 124

Aspen Systems, Inc. Delivers 1,000 Environmental Control Units to the United States Special Operations Command

Marlborough, MA – September 13, 2011 – Aspen Systems announced today it has delivered the one-thousandth ECU-Chill® 550 environmental control unit (ECU) to  the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).  The ECUs are to be used in Afghanistan for thermal management of electronic components in Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAPs) vehicles.

The ECU-Chill 550 is a compact and lightweight environmental control system that maintains the internal temperature of electronics enclosures within specified conditions.  The ECU-Chill 550 protects the electronics from extreme temperature and environmental conditions of Afghanistan, keeping systems running down to -40°F (-40°C) and up to 140°F (60°C).  The ECU removes 550 Watts of heat from electronics enclosures while sealing the electronics from harmful environmental contaminants such as dust, sand and water.  The unit meets MIL-STD 810 and 461 requirements making it the ideal solution for thermal issues in the military’s austere environments.  The ECU utilizes Aspen’s miniature rotary compressor allowing the unit to be Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) affective.

“We are proud that our ECU-Chill product is supporting the military in completing its mission in Afghanistan where our troops operate in some of the most hostile and barren environments in the world”, said Glenn Deming, Vice President of Aspen Systems.  “The ECU-Chill 550’s are mounted to keep critical electronics running while driving through rough terrain and exposed to extreme temperatures.”

About Aspen Systems
Aspen Systems, Inc., founded in 1984, specializes in creating thermal management solutions for use in extreme environments and unique applications.  Compact, lightweight systems for a broad range of applications are made possible by our miniature vapor compression technology.  Our refrigeration systems provide high efficiency cooling with minimal power use to meet the challenges of our customer’s demanding needs.  Learn more at www.aspensystems.com

Aspen Systems Contact:
Charles Flanagan – Marketing Manager
cflanagan@aspensystems.com
(508) 481-5058 ext. 124

Aspen Systems, Inc. Develops Environmental Control Unit (ECU-Chill®)

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ASI has developed a new environmental control unit (ECU) named “ECU-Chill®” to provide cooling to military enclosures and transit cases that enables operations in high-temperature environments, while dissipating the increased heat loads generated by military electronics. The objective of this program was to develop a refrigeration based environmental control unit for electronics enclosures with the capability to dissipate over 500 watts of heat while maintaining internal air temperatures at or below outside ambient levels. Additional objectives included; a heating capability for cold start up, sealing the electronics from environmental contamination, and meeting environmental requirements for military systems.

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Aspen Systems, Inc. Launches New Website to Meet Growing Demand for Advanced Cooling Technologies

Marlborough, MA Advanced miniature refrigeration and environmental control technology developer and manufacturer Aspen Systems, Inc. has launched a new website designed to help companies and government agencies find specialized cooling solutions for advanced commercial, industrial and military applications.

According to Aspen Systems Vice President Glenn Deming, the new website comes as part of an integrated business development effort aimed at expanding further into military and commercial markets, in addition to gaining increased awareness of the companies capabilities as a supplier of refrigeration systems for use in challenging environments.

The new website provides information and specifications for a variety of cooling systems designed for a wide range of applications including electronics environmental control, cooling of equipment exposed to harsh environments, and development of custom solutions to maximize performance in lightweight and compact packages.  Aspen provides solutions for stationary and portable land, sea, and airborne applications.

Aspen Systems manufactures and sells the ECU-Chill® line of standardized environmental control units designed to prevent overheating of commercial electronic components when operated in sealed enclosures in harsh environmental conditions.  These smaller, lighter, ruggedized Environmental Control Units use Aspen’s miniature rotary compressors in a system designed for minimum size and weight and high efficiency.  The ECU-Chill product line was designed with durability in mind as it keeps enclosures free of outside contaminants and is ruggedized to military standards.  Models rated between 550 and 2000 watts of cooling are available to customers integrating temperature resistant electronics packages for industry and military use.

The new web site is intended to showcase Aspen Systems capabilities and accomplishments while providing an important communication vehicle with the manufacturer regarding requests for quotations, services, or general information.   Let Aspen Systems engineers help solve your thermal control problems.

About Aspen Systems
Aspen Systems, Inc., founded in 1984, specializes in creating thermal management solutions for use in extreme environments and unique applications.  Compact, lightweight systems for a broad range of applications are made possible by our miniature vapor compression technology.  Our refrigeration systems provide high efficiency cooling with minimal power use to meet the challenges of our customer’s demanding needs.  Learn more at www.aspensystems.com

Aspen Systems Contact:
Charles Flanagan – Marketing Manager
cflanagan@aspensystems.com
(508) 481-5058 ext. 124

Aspen Compressor, LLC is Formed to Manufacture Mini-Compressors

Aspen Compressor, LLC was formed on October 1, 2004 as a Kentucky corporation and is to be sited in the South Central part of the state. The company was formed as a subsidiary of Aspen Systems, Inc., to manufacture a family of microclimate size compressors for small refrigeration systems. Initially, Aspen Compressor will focus on military markets for small cooling systems, while later entering the more price sensitive industrial, commercial, and medical markets. The Department of Defense has for many years insisted on domestic suppliers for critical military components. Presently, there are only a handful of compressor companies remaining in the continental U.S.