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26
th

Febr
uary 2013
-

For immediate release


SSBV
Aerospace & Technology Group
and

zero2i
nfinity
today announced the signing of
a
n
agreement
regarding

the
use

of
SSBV’s
ACRIDS
airdrop
&

vehicle recovery
technology for the
guid
ed recovery
of the b
loon Near
-
Space vehicle.

The bloon vehicle
,
developed by zero2infinty
, represent
s a family of low
-
cost high
-
altitude vehicles
that will allow
amateur Space explorers to experience Near
-
Space
conditions.

The bloon vehicles use
helium balloons for their lift
-
off and flight and will be able to carry up to 6 people in a pressurized
pod. After a drift of a few hours at a nominal altitude of 36 km, the vehicles return to the ground by
means of parac
hutes.

In addition to “
Ne
ar

Space Tourism”

flight
s,
bloon vehicles can be used for
cost
effective
scientific missions.

SSBV’s Aerial Cargo Rider System (ACRIDS) system is able to

autonomously
control a steerable
parachute

and perform an automatic landing
at a pre
-
designated point on the ground.
This is done
through an Autonomous Guidance Unit (AGU) that contains an on
-
board computer that continuously
monitors the present location (by means of satellite navigation signals), altitude, wind and predicted
flig
ht
-
path. Through built
-
in actuators, the AGU is able to steer the parachute and perform a high
-
precision landing (50
-
100 m accuracy) at one or more pre
-
designated landing points.

The
agreement

establishes
a longer
-
term co
-
operation between the companies, s
tarting with a
number of test and demonstration flights and the final aim of integrating the ACRIDS guided
parachute technology in the
bloon
vehicles
.

About zero2infinity

z
ero2
i
nfinity
, a Spanish

private company
,

is developing

a

family of

low
-
cost
high
-
altitude
vehicle
s

for
amateur Space explorers
to experience Near
-
S
pace
conditions
.

In 2012
the company

perform
ed a successful flight up to an

altitude of 32 km with a 300 kg
unmanned scale
d

model of the vehicle. In th
is

test flight, the recovery of th
e vehicle was performed
w
ith a ballistic round parachute.
However, the

objective
for the future flights
is
to make

use of the
ACRIDS
guid
ed recovery system.

About SSBV Aerospace & Technology Group

(SSBV)

SSBV is a

Dutch
-
headed
,
group of
technology driven
SME
s
, active in the domains of (aero
)Space
,
Defence

&

Security, Remote Sensing & Monitoring and
the
development of High
-
Tech Systems.

SSBV
develops and manufactures
the ACRIDS airdrop system

in the Defence & Security
,

as well as
Aerospace markets.

The AC
RIDS airdrop technology can be used for standalone precision airdrop
systems a
s well as air
-
vehicle recovery systems to
increase
the
safety and accuracy of

nominal
,
tactical

or emergency landings.

-------------------




For more information plea
se visit the

respective
company website
s
:

www.ssbv.com

www.inbloon.com

o
r contact:

Mr Pieter van Duijn

(CEO of SSBV)

Tel: +31 71 751

51

80

Mr Jose Mariano Lopez
-
Urdiales

(CEO of zero2infinity)

Tel: +34 645 152 872



For media representatives:

Note

1
: the SSBV Media department can be reached at:
media@ssbv.com

Note 2: the zero2infinity
M
edia department can be reached at:
media@inbloon.com

or contact:

Ms Annelie Schoenmaker

Tel: +34 665 643 182

as@inbloon.com

Ms Iris Silverio

Tel: +34 699 524
508

isp@inbloon.com



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