NEA Electronics designs and manufactures mission critical spacecraft mechanisms and is the largest global supplier of non-explosive hold down and release mechanisms for spaceflight use in the world. 


NEA was founded in 1996 and quickly grew to be a major supplier of hold down and release mechanisms largely on the strength of the performance of its products. No other company offers the combination of specific performance, simplicity, intolerance to environments, limited shock and reliability. 

In 2010 NEA Electronics was acquired by Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense and became a subsidiary of one of the oldest privately held corporations in the United States.  Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense, which has supported the space program since the 1950’s with stage separation, fairing separation and launch termination energetics, has invested in NEA through improvements in facilities, equipment and personnel to position NEA for growth in the spacecraft mechanisms and actuator market. In 2012 NEA acquired Rocketstar Robotics to augment NEA’s release mechanisms capability with electromechanical spacecraft actuators.