HOLLYWOOD, Fla., BLACKSBURG, Va. and BUC, France, July 13, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HEICO Corporation (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI) today reported that two of its subsidiaries supplied products for NASA's remarkable New Horizons spacecraft which is scheduled to make a historic first Flyby past Pluto tomorrow, July 14, 2015.

HEICO's Buc, France-based 3D PLUS subsidiary supplied 4Gbit NAND Flash memory modules for the Solid State Data Recorder which will be used to store data and pictures of Pluto.  This was the first time that NAND Flash was used for space operations.

HEICO's Blacksburg, VA-based VPT, Inc. subsidiary supplied hybrid power converters for the mission.

3D PLUS, VPT and HEICO's Sierra Microwave Technology have all supplied critical components on numerous NASA and European Space Agency programs.  These HEICO subsidiaries are known leaders in complex, high-reliability and mission-critical engineering and manufacturing for spacecraft.

HEICO, 3D PLUS, VPT and Sierra Microwave all congratulate NASA and the team leaders on New Horizons -- Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and Southwest Research Institute -- on another remarkable mission.  The fastest spacecraft ever launched, New Horizons has traveled more time and distance than any space mission in history to reach its primary target.  Tomorrow's Flyby will complete the initial exploration of the classical solar system while opening the door to an entirely new realm of mysterious small planets and planetary building blocks in the Kuiper Belt.

HEICO Corporation is engaged primarily in the design, production, servicing and distribution of certain niche aviation, defense, space, medical, telecommunications and electronics products.  HEICO's customers include a majority of the world's airlines and overhaul shops as well as numerous defense and space contractors and military agencies worldwide in addition to medical, telecommunications and electronics equipment manufacturers.  For more information about HEICO, please visit our web site at http://www.heico.com.
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