Reliable Partner for the Global Space and Aeronautics Industry

Besides the mainly automotive business, Magna can also look back on more than 20 years of experience in the development and manufacture of components and systems for the aerospace business.

As a supplier for piping, ducting and gas storage systems, Magna Steyr Aerospace has established a strong reputation as a reliable and experienced partner for the global space and aeronautics industry. Our competences encompass design, process development and manufacture according to the highest industry standards. We have established strong and efficient processes that ensure that our customers’ targets can be met.

Propellant Lines for Launch Vehicles

Parts used in the propulsion system of a space launch vehicle have to withstand the most severe operating conditions. Highest quality standards in design and manufacturing are therefore paramount in order to guarantee a successful mission. Magna’s experience in cryogenic propellant lines goes back to the 1990s. As a development and manufacturing partner for the Ariane 5 program Magna was actively involved in one of the most successful launch vehicle programs in history.

Our experience ranges from small high-pressure helium lines to large-diameter feed lines for liquid hydrogen (LH2) and liquid oxygen (LOX) made from stainless steel, nickel-based alloys, aluminum and titanium. Our state-of-the-art welding and non-destructive inspection (NDI) processes, combined with highly trained and experienced personnel, vouch for absolute world class manufacturing.

We also operate clean rooms, precision cleaning facilities and labs as well as facilities for molding of foam insulation parts for our propellant lines.

Flexible Elements
The demanding environment on launch vehicles, but also on aircraft, require flexible piping systems and ducts capable of dealing with a wide range of loads, displacements and temperatures. Magna has the in-house competence to develop and manufacture flexible elements like propellant flex-joints, gimbals and compensators including its metal bellows. Our components are specifically designed according to customer requirements and manufactured in-house at Magna with a full range of special processes.

One of our most remarkable developments is an Aluminum Compensator (Gimbal and Angular Axial Compensator). With the support of ESA’s Future Launchers Preparatory Program, Magna developed, built and tested a compensator comprising an aluminum structure and a stainless steel bellows to TRL  level. This new technology, together with aluminum propellant lines, promises mass savings of 30% compared to conventional propellant feed lines.

Tubes and Ducts for Aircraft

Magna supplies the aeronautics industry with metallic piping and ducting systems. Our extensive experience in the manufacture of welded fluid conveyance components is trusted by reputed aerospace companies. This type of equipment requires extensive knowledge of the manufacturing processes and efficient project execution.

Our capability encompasses all kinds of metallic pipes and ducts, from bleed air to fuel and hydraulics. Magna gained multiple customer approvals for manufacturing and special processes. Since 2015, Magna Aerospace is certified under EASA Part21 G (Production Organization approval) and authorized to ship parts with EASA Form 1.

Piping for Alternative Fuel Systems

Alternative fuel systems, for example with compressed natural gas (CNG) or hydrogen (H2), operate under high pressures from 260 bar (3,770 psi) up to 700 bar (10,150 psi). The safe handling of such highly pressurized gases requires a high quality level in production and advanced cleaning processes to ensure the proper function of other components such as valves and regulators.

These demanding requirements are our everyday business in aerospace, and this allows us to leverage significant synergies for the benefit of our automotive customers. Our processes include CNC bending, welding, fitting, assembly, cleaning as well as pressure and leakage testing.

Gas Storage Systems

Magna is the leading company for developing and manufacturing liquid hydrogen (LH2) tanks for mobile applications, and it was the first company to build an automotive liquid hydrogen tank in small series production. This unique expertise was also transferred into R&D programs for liquid hydrogen systems in aircraft, and it may be one of the key enablers of future mobility solutions. The current competences range from development and prototyping to small-scale series production.

We are also working on propellant tanks (Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessels - COPVs) for satellites. It is our goal to transfer the automotive pressure vessel technology into the space market in order to provide the best cost-to-performance ratio for future spacecraft.

Quality System / Certifications

Magna Steyr Aerospace has established a very solid management system that conforms to the following standards/regulations:

  • EN 9100 Quality management systems for aerospace
  • ISO 3834-2 Quality requirements for welding
  • EASA Part 21 G Production organization approval
  • ISO 14001 Environmental management system
  • OHSAS 18001 Operational safety management system
  • ISO/IEC 27001 Data security management system

Additionally, we hold several active customer approvals for manufacturing and special processes e.g. from Ariane Group, Boeing (D1-4426 Approved Processor) and MTU Aero Engines.