Thermal Vacuum Bakeout Facility TVAC #2
Ensuring proper vacuum bakeout of flight hardware is increasingly important to mission success. Our thermal vacuum chamber TVAC#1 is regularly operated for monitored vacuum bakeout of test and flight hardware to ECSS-Q-ST-70-01 and so in 2017 we expanded our thermal vacuum facilities by building TVAC#2.
This chamber is slightly larger than TVAC#1 with doors at either end meaning loading larger or more awkward hardware is easier. As with TVAC#1, flight hardware or sensitive samples can be loaded into the chamber from within Class 8 clean tent.
We also have an in-house FTIR facility for processing molecular contamination witness plates in accordance with ECSS-Q-ST-70-05C.