Astronautics Corporation of America

Astronautics Corporation of America

Infobox Company
company_name = Astronautics Corporation of America
company_type = Private
foundation = 1959 Milwaukee, WI
location_city = Milwaukee
location_state = Wisconsin
location_country = USA
key_people = Nathaniel K. Zelazo, Founder
Dr. Ronald E. Zelazo, CEO
Michael Russek, President
Stephen Givant, CFO
industry = Aerospace and defense
products = Commercial airliners
Military aircraft
Space systems
Computer Services
num_employees = 1,800
subsid = Kearfott Guidance & Navigation Corporation
Astronautics C.A. Ltd.
homepage = []
footnotes =

Astronautics Corporation of America was established in 1959 and is a major supplier, designer, and manufacturer of avionics equipment to airlines, Boeing, Airbus, the U.S. Government, Defense and commercial contractors, airlines and other aircraft operators, other integrators, and many international governments. Over 100,000 aircraft worldwide have been equipped with Astronautics instruments, displays, computers & components. Astronautics products are used in numerous air, sea, ground, and missile and space applications. Astronautics major product lines include Electronic Flight Instrument System, Electronic flight bag, Engine Indicating and Crew Alerting System, Network Server Systems, Multifunction Displays, Mission and display processors and systems, Flight director, Flight control system, Inertial guidance system, Air data computer, Integrated Network Server Unit and Auto pilot.


In June 1959, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Nate Zelazo decided to start a new company devoted to advanced technology in the Aerospace field. Together with his sister, Norma Paige, he organized a small group of experienced engineers and established the Astronautics Corporation of America (Astronautics). Having had previous experience being employed by the Navy Department and with his knowledge of government procurement the company began to compete for government business for the military. Initially, the company worked with local universities and with their help was soon was able to obtain a program from the US Air Force investigating fuel management techniques for space vehicle orbital rendezvous. Mr. Zelazo and his small staff of engineers had an extensive background in designing and developing flight instrumentation. Thus, after working on the Air Force space program, they began to compete with their much larger competitors for Navy, Army and Air Force flight instrumentation production programs.

Having won several production programs for aircraft flight instruments for the military, Astronautics soon developed a design and production capability. They began supplying flight instrumentation for aircraft such as the B-52, F-4, A-4, C-130, UH-1, P-3 and many others. This capability was soon expanded to provide the complete flight director systems, which included the flight director computer, for several military aircraft.

As military flight instrumentation advanced, Astronautics began competing for the new Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) technology that was being applied to aircraft instrumentation. Astronautics was successful and won a contract to provide the Horizontal Situation Display (HSD) for the Air Force F-111 Aircraft. This display program, which combined CRT and optical technologies, resulted in further expansion of Astronautics Engineering, Quality, Reliability, Production and Contract Administration Departments. Astronautics then also developed the Head Up Display for both the A-10 Aircraft and the Shuttle trainer aircraft. Having design and production capability for CRT displays, Astronautics became a supplier of medical monitors for CAT scanners and also supplied displays to NASA for the mission control center in Houston, Texas. In avionics, Astronautics became a supplier to Italian, German and British governments for their high performance aircraft with new avionics equipment.

Numerous new developments were then made by Astronautics in flat panel displays and digital avionics. Astronautics not only supplies military aircraft worldwide with its highly sophisticated avionics, but now also supplies the airlines and cargo carriers with the Electronic Flight Bag and also the latest technology in airborne servers. Having acquired Kearfott Guidance & Navigation Corporation in 1988, Astronautics also provides Inertial Navigation Systems for Space, Satellite and Sea applications.

Product Lines

Astronautics major product lines include:

*Integrated Avionics System
*Displays - CRT and Flat Panel
*Mission & Display Processors
*Electronic Flight Instrument System
*Engine Instruments & Caution Advisory Systems
*Electromechanical Navigation & Flight Instruments
*Control and Display Units/Control Consoles
*Network Airborne File Servers
*Network Server Systems
*Pilot Information Displays
*Electronic flight bag
*Air Data Computers
*Flap Control Systems
*High Accuracy Guidance and Navigation Systems
*Fire Control/Thermal Imaging Systems
*Enhanced Vision Systems
*Gyros, Resolvers, Synchros, Motors, Actuators
*Magnetic refrigeration
*Worldwide Maintenance Services


*Fumo, Joe (February 1986). "Astronautics, A Low Profile Company with a High-Tech Reputation", Wisconsin Business.
*Decker, Eric (April 17, 2006). "Ventures: Blue Ocean Strategies", Biz Times.

*(May 17, 2005) "Boeing Names Astronautics to 787 Dreamliner Partner Team"

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* [ Astronautics C.A. Ltd.]

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