Press Release

NATEL EMS Wins Multimillion-Dollar Contract For Space Station

By SpaceRef Editor
June 6, 2014
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NATEL EMS has been awarded a multimillion dollar contract from Aerojet Rocketdyne to assemble replacement Lithium Ion Battery Orbital Replacement Units (ORUs) for NASA’s International Space Station (ISS), announced President and CEO Sudesh Arora.

“This new contract is a step forward for NATEL EMS as we meet new challenges in aerospace electronics manufacturing,” said Arora. “This significant opportunity allows us to showcase our ability to manufacture systems, as well as components and microelectronics. It’s another way we at NATEL EMS ‘make amazing things happen’.”

The contract is for two qualification and 27-flight replacement Lithium Ion Battery ORUs for the Space Station. Lithium ion battery technology is lighter and more powerful than the nickel hydrogen batteries now in use on the Space Station.

NATEL EMS has worked on control electronics for the Space Shuttle arm and other similar projects through contracts with NASA. “We pride ourselves on our track record of building reliable space-qualified parts and our numerous examples of rapid facility ramp-ups tailored to specific customer needs,” Arora said. “Every day, our team does their best to reassure Aerojet Rocketdyne that we are a strategic partner focused on assuring mission success with this ISS upgrade.”


NATEL EMS is a major independent manufacturer of a wide variety of electronic products, providing low to high volume production for its customers. As one of the largest and oldest privately held EMS companies in the U.S., NATEL EMS is known for solving tough engineering problems that result in high-reliability, high-quality electronics for customers in medical, defense, transportation and industrial fields. NATEL EMS is favorably positioned among mid-tier EMS manufacturers to “make amazing things happen.” NATEL EMS holds and maintains industry specific certifications that include AS9100, ISO 13485, and ISO/TS 16949. Its MIL-PRF-38534 (DSCC) Class H and K certifications certify NATEL’s expertise in designing and manufacturing microelectronic assemblies for space and mission-critical defense programs placing it in an elite group of defense and aerospace industry manufacturers. NATEL EMS, headquartered in Chatsworth, CA, has manufacturing locations in California, Nevada, Ohio and Mexico. To learn more, visit or on Twitter, @NATEL.

SpaceRef staff editor.