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Hamilton Sundstrand supports final space shuttle mission; plans continued involvement with U.S. Space Program

Windsor Locks, USA- North America, Connecticut, Jul 8, 2011 -- Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX), today supported the final launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis, continuing its legacy of contributions to every launch since the shuttle’s maiden mission in 1981. Hamilton Sundstrand’s auxiliary power units, rudder speed brake actuators, body flap actuators, thermal control, life support and power systems have played a key role in space shuttle missions over the years.

Hamilton Sundstrand has contributed to the U.S. Space Program for more than 40 years, including support of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon in 1969 by supplying the portable life support system for the spacesuit. Hamilton Sundstrand’s Extravehicular Mobility Units (EMUs) have been successfully used on 179 spacewalks, including 125 for the assembly and maintenance of the International Space Station (ISS).

Following the final shuttle mission, Hamilton Sundstrand will continue to perform under key contracts to support the ISS, which is scheduled to be in orbit through 2020. Hamilton Sundstrand will also continue to perform as lead contractor on the EMU space suit through 2018. In addition, Hamilton Sundstrand is supporting systems for the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle that will have launch capability around 2017.

“We are extremely proud of the role Hamilton Sundstrand has played in helping our country to reach this milestone,” said Robert F. Leduc, president, space systems for Hamilton Sundstrand. “Our mix of mature hardware programs, NASA’s new space exploration program and next-generation transportation vehicles will enable Hamilton Sundstrand to sustain its space business well into the future.”

With 2010 sales of $5.6 billion, Hamilton Sundstrand is headquartered in Windsor Locks, Conn. Among the world's largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and industrial products, the company designs, manufactures and services aerospace systems and provides integrated system solutions for commercial, regional, corporate and military aircraft. It also is a major supplier for international space programs.

United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company that provides high-technology products and services to the aerospace and building industries.

Dan Coulom

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