Astro-Med Wins Development Contract from Airbus for Airborne

Digital Recorder 
WEST WARWICK, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 8, 2005
Astro-Med, Inc., (NASDAQ:ALOT), announced today that
Airbus in Toulouse, France placed an order for the development of a
special airborne digital data recorder for use testing Airbus
production aircraft. 
The order is a follow-on to the contract awarded to Astro-Med in
2003 for a special airborne version of the Everest Telemetry
Recorder-Workstation for use in the development and flight testing of
the A380 aircraft, the world's largest passenger airplane. That
contract involved ruggedizing the standard Everest to withstand the
effects of shock, vibration, altitude and temperature experienced
during flight test. 
The new airborne digital recorders will be used for final,
pre-delivery testing of A380, A400M and other Airbus aircraft. They
will be installed in fully configured aircraft and used to measure up
to sixteen channels of data, such as vibration and temperature, from
sensors located throughout the plane. Information will be printed on
the recorder's sixteen inch wide chart. Once final pre-delivery
testing has been completed, the aircraft will be delivered to the
airline. 
The Airbus contract involves development of a ruggedized recorder
that can withstand the rigors of flight. Another requirement is a low
form factor, which will allow it to be placed on or under an aircraft
seat. The recorder will accept data from an Ethernet network and will
have video output capability to allow data to be displayed on an
external, ruggedized airborne display. 
Airbus is a leading aircraft manufacturer that consistently
captures around half of all orders for airliners with more than 100
seats. Their product line-up covers a full spectrum of 12 aircraft
models from a 100-seat single-aisle to the largest civil airliner
ever, the double-deck A380. 
Astro-Med and Airbus have a long history together. In the early
1980's, Astro-Med provided Airbus a number of special chart recorders
for use in flight testing of many of the early Airbus aircraft. 
Everett V. Pizzuti, Astro-Med President stated: "We are pleased
that Airbus has again selected Astro-Med for their demanding airborne
recorder applications. It is further affirmation of our strong
position in the aerospace market." 
Astro-Med, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of test and measurement
instruments, high tech specialty printing systems, and electronic
medical instrumentation employed around the world in a wide range of
industrial, scientific, and medical applications. 
Safe Harbor Statement 
This news release contains forward-looking statements, and actual
results may vary from those expressed or implied herein. Factors that
could affect these results include those mentioned in Astro-Med's
FY2004 annual report and its annual and quarterly filings with the
Securities and Exchange Commission. 
CONTACT:
Astro-Med, Inc.
Everett V. Pizzuti, 401-828-4000
 
 
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