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Space Systems

ILC Dover has been a pioneer in state of the art space development and production programs since the 1960s.  Our company culture and competencies focus on high quality, reliable softgoods for demanding applications.  It doesn't get more demanding than the harsh environment of space with the broad temperature ranges and challenging conditions on the moon, Mars, and outer space.
  • Our Z-2 spacesuit, the most advanced composite suit in the world, is the first vacuum ready EVA space suit since the late 1970’s.
  • Our customized impact bags will safely bring astronauts back to Earth from the International Space Station
  • Our advanced inflatable space habitats are ready to protect astronauts in Low Earth Orbit and beyond
  • Our leadership in advanced materials and manufacturing is pioneering the way for inflatable decelerators


Since the beginning of project Apollo, ILC Dover has been the designer and producer of the space suit pressure garment for NASA.
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
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