Heerle, The Netherlands

Situated in three buildings near the Belgium border and close to major population centers and space integration centers, the Bradford site in Heerle, Netherlands is the largest of our sites with the most diverse set of activities. The Heerle site is a fully operational facility with on-site design, engineering, production and both electrical and mechanical test capabilities. The site also has ample clean room, machining and production planning spaces. We also support in-house development for mechanics, software and electronics.

Products supported at this site include our AOCS line (sun sensors and reaction wheels), propulsion subsystems (pressure transducers, flow control units, cool gas systems and other subsystems), avionics and thermal subsystems as well as the Bradford Workspaces product line. The Heerle site also provides management and integration oversight for the ECAPS line of propulsion systems. The Heerle site is also responsible for marketing, business development and admin for Bradford’s European operations.

Engineering and Manufacturing

  • Machines and tooling centers with CAM-links
  • CAD workstations
    • Autodesk Inventor 11
    • Dassault Systems CATIA V5
  • Electrical Design Stations
    • ORCAD V10
    • Allegro Design Entry CIS
    • AMS Simulator
    • PCB Design CIS
  • Analysis & Simulation
    • Structural: MSC Nastran 2005.5.0
    • Fracture: ESACRACK
    • Thermal: ESATAN-FHTS
    • Simulation: Matlab-Simulink
  • Electronics laboratory
  • Clean room Class ISO8 (200 m²) and ISO7 (100 m²), equipped with Class ISO5 flow benches
  • Orbital welding Titanium and Stainless Steel tubing subsystems


  • Thermal (vacuum) facilities
  • Leak and pressure testing
  • Balancing (ISO 1940, G < 0.1)
  • Micro-disturbance testing (NSD < 2.10-7 N/√Hz)
  • Flow and pressure calibration, referenced to primary standards
  • Various automated systems using Labview® interfacing
  • Precision cleaning facility (MIL-1246B, Class 10)



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