THE HISTORY OF ASTRONAUTICS CORPORATION OF AMERICA
First program studied the feasibility of sending a manned spacecraft to the moon and back. A joint effort with the University of Minnesota.
Nate Zelazo’s first business card.
Provided the miniature tape drive on NASA’s TIROS weather satellite which recorded the temperature of the earth. A joint effort with the University of Wisconsin.
Teamed with the University of Wisconsin to develop a gyro stabilizing platform and star tracker for the X-15 rocket-powered aircraft. This was the first time stars were photographed from beyond the earth’s atmosphere.
Early electromechanical flight instruments (clockwise from top left): Horizontal Situation Indicator, Bearing Distance-Heading Indicator, and Engine Instruments. Astronautics was the largest producer of these and others for the U.S. Military.
Upgraded the Horizontal Situation Display system for the U.S. Air Force’s F-111D. The world’s first moving map display combining cathode ray tube and optics technologies.
Provided the Flight Director System for U.S. Navy’s P-3C maritime aircraft.
Created a Standard Remote Terminal (SRT) system for the U.S. General Services Administration, a network of data communications terminals located at every federal and military installation throughout the world.
Produced a Command Instrument System Processor for the U.S. Army’s UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. Sold over 10,000 instruments for this aircraft.
Developed monitors for NASA’s Mission Control Center for space shuttle missions.
Upgraded Command Instrument System from a land based radio signal to satellite GPS NAVSTAR signal.
Established a technology center in Madison, Wisconsin. Astronautics is a world leader in the development of magnetic refrigeration.
Nate Zelazo featured on the cover of Wisconsin Business magazine.
Purchased Kearfott Guidance & Navigation.
1990 – 1999
James Lovell, Jr., astronaut and Milwaukee native, served on Astronautics’ Board of Directors.
Designed an Electronic Flight Instrument for United Airlines DC-10s which replaced the electromechanical primary flight instruments. This was the company’s first retrofit for a commercial airline.
Developed 4”X4” LCD Electronic Flight Instrument with Automatics Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) for UPS and in support of FAA NextGen research trials.
2001 & 2003
Unveiled newest Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) with charts, checklists, and equipment lists – eliminating the need for paper documents in the cockpit (2001). It was named the “2003 Product of the Year” for Avionics and Electronics, a prestigious aerospace award. (2003)
Performed a complete cockpit integration and modernization for the Brazilian Air Force’s C-130s.
Supplier of EFBs for all 787 Dreamliners (2005) and many other Boeing aircraft. Over 85 commercial airlines fly with Astronautics’ EFBs.
Designed and manufactured a Network Server System (NSS) for the A400M, Airbus’ new military transport. The NSS functions as the central computer system.
Astronautics celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Introduced the NEXIS™ Flight-Intellegent System,
an EFB/server with enhanced connectivity, open architecture, and certified applications.