Bradford Engineering B.V. is a Netherlands based supplier of Attitude and Orbit Control Systems (AOCS), Propulsion, Avionics and Thermal solutions for spacecraft. The company was acquired by the Moog Space and Defense Group, part of Moog Inc. on December 15, 2011. This establishes a Moog-European base for the production of flight-proven components and subsystems for the international space industry. Bradford Engineering has its registered business at De Wijper 26, 4726 TG Heerle, The Netherlands.
The company was established in 1984 by the Voeten family and started its activities in the nuclear field as an organisation for development, design, manufacture, testing and endurance testing of shaft seals (Visco Seals), high reliability valves, and pneumatic, hydraulic and electronic control units and instrumentation.
From 1986 onwards, space engineering took a second place in the activities and has grown since to >90% of the turnover. Customers include ESA, NASA, JAXA, NSO, EADS-Astrium, Thales Alenia Space, OHB System, OHB Sweden, QinetiQ, The Boeing Company, IHI, NEC-Toshiba Space, Teledyne Brown Engineering and others.
In 2006 the company embarked on a strategy to grow towards a European based top supplier role for which the product portfolio was vastly extended. The acquisition by MOOG is a clear strategic step, strenghtening the strategy and confirming the track record with European prime contractors and the European Space Agency (ESA).
Currently, Moog Bradford manufactures components and subsystems such as pressure transducers, flow meters, cold gas systems, sun sensors and reaction wheels for major European satellite prime manufacturers. From Moog Bradford's plant in Heerle in the Netherlands, Moog will be able to offer legacy satellite technology such as propulsion and actuation solutions for on-orbit satellite motion and fluid control to the European market. The acquisition also enables Bradford Engineering to supply the U.S. space market with pressure transducers, reaction wheels and sun sensors for the positioning and control of satellites in orbit.
Moog will retain all of Moog Bradford’s employees and continue to benefit from Moog Bradford management team to run the Netherlands-based design and manufacturing facility. All existing contracts will be continued as expected. The continued development and maintenance of a non-ITAR product portfolio will be strategically important for future operations.