Charlotte aerospace unit provides parts for Orion spacecraft

UTC Aerospace Systems, a Charlotte-based division of United Technologies, said it provided critical control systems for the Orion spacecraft that completed its first test flight Friday.

UTC Aerospace was formed by Hartford, Conn.-based United Technologies’ 2012 acquisition of Charlotte-based Goodrich. The unit has about 300 employees at its Charlotte headquarters.

“We are honored to partner with Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance in this important milestone for NASA,” said Allen Flynt, general manager, human exploration and launch vehicles. “Orion is the vehicle for the next generation of space exploration, and our employees are helping to make that a reality.”

UTC Aerospace also said it provides key systems for the launch vehicle that put the Orion capsule into orbit.