Aerospace

In space and here on Earth, ILC Dover goes above and beyond to protect people, payloads and our national security. From spacesuits and space vehicle landing airbags for NASA and commercial astronauts to heavy-lift and passenger airships and surveillance radar aerostats, we routinely overcome technical, logistical and geographical barriers to engineer advanced solutions that work in the real world.
Since the beginning of project Apollo, ILC has been the designer and producer of the space suit pressure garment for NASA.
ILC Dover’s airbag systems safely return manned and unmanned space systems back to earth and deliver exploration systems to the Moon and Mars. ILC’s vented airbag technology has the capability to land extremely heavy payloads weighing over 20 tons. To accomplish the Mars Pathfinder and Mars Exploration Rover missions ILC designed and manufactured a unique… View Article
ILC Dover continues to develop and manufacture a variety of inflatable habitats, air-locks and shelters for use in earth orbit and lunar / planetary exploration. Our engineers & technicians have built upon Wernher von Braun’s vision of inflatable space habitats, the work conducted by NASA in the 1960’s, and our own work in space suits… View Article
ILC is the leader in advanced flexible materials, manufacturing technologies, and embedded electronic technologies for Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerators ILC Dover’s IRVE-2 design is the first Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator to successfully reenter earth’s atmosphere Our unique design allows large payloads to enter Mars’ atmosphere as well as reduce launch costs for cargo returning to Earth
For more than 30 years, ILC Dover has applied its Lighter-Than-Air technology to the development and fabrication of heavy lift vehicles.  We have developed durable envelope structure laminates capable of providing very high tear strength while keeping structural mass to a minimum.  By utilizing the lift generated by a helium-filled LTA vehicle in tandem with… View Article
Flown in many countries, ILC’s airships provide  a high-profile advertising platform used successfully by The Lightship Group, Van Wagner Outdoor Advertising and by Zeppelin, which has a new partnership with Goodyear.  ILC has produced more than 50 airships structures since 1995 to support the advertising and tourism industries. The  LZN07 220-foot-long airship envelope fabricated for Zeppelin is… View Article
ILC Dover has been involved in the design and development of high-altitude airships since the early 1980s supporting development programs for the Navy, NASA, DoD primes and commercial customers.  The subsequent growth of the cellular phone market and more recently, wide band internet demand,  has  generated renewed interest in the use of high-altitude airships as… View Article
As ISR systems are becoming increasingly vital to national security, ILC Dover has developed aerostats for various ISR applications. ILC Dover has manufactured helium-filled aerostats to carry surveillance radars up to 15,000 feet altitude while tethered to the ground by a single tether. ILC aerostats have helium volumes from 56,000 to 595,000 cubic feet and… View Article