Airbus Defence and Space


Thermal Vacuum

An extensive range of high-quality thermal vacuum chambers.

Simulating the severe conditions of space, the computer-controlled Thermal Vacuum chambers can subject units to the extremes of their working environment, mimicking the night and day experienced by the spacecraft as it moves in and out of sunlight. The chambers can cycle temperature from 100°C to -196°C whilst simultaneously maintaining a space vacuum of at least 1.3E-5 mbar.

An extensive range of hermetically sealed connector feedthroughs enable units to be powered and tested whilst enduring thermal vacuum simulation. The temperature of the test item can be constantly monitored and recorded throughout the test campaign with the use of multiple T-Type thermocouples connected to a state of the art data logger, which also logs the pressure of the chamber.

Test temperatures, dwell times and ramp rates are fully customisable to enable a wide range of products to be tested to specific customer requirements.


--> Temperature Range: -196°C to +100°C
--> Pressure: <1.3E-5 mbar


Thermal Vacuum Chambers (x4)
--> Balzers, type RSK 1500 (x2)
--> Leybold, type VS 1677 (x2)
--> Maximum Unit Size: H 0.8m x W 0.75m x D 1.25m
--> Temperature Range: -60°C to +100°C or -196°C by
means of Liquid Nitrogen.
--> 4 x Port Holes 0.15m diameter


Lintott Chamber
--> Maximum Unit Size: H 0.3m x W 0.5m x D 0.5M
--> Temperature Range: -90°C to +100°C
--> 2 x Port Holes 0.15m diameter


Data Logger
--> 32 thermocouple channels per chamber. Extra
Channels can be provided on request.