Operationally efficient access to space is an emerging market that supports the increases in small satellites that seek launch to space. We provide Multi-Manifest Flight Systems and launch integration capabilities to operationalize access-to-space for small space vehicle systems.
Our engineering and integration team performs the full scope of design, assembly, test, and integration of systems to meet responsive launch mission needs. We employ Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) and custom-built interface carriers involving Evolved Secondary Payload Adapter (ESPA) rings, 1.5m and 2.5m diameter dual-payload carriers, CubeSat dispensers, avionics sequencers, payload separation systems, and ground support equipment that enable efficient and effective assess-to-space for small satellites on both national security and small class launch systems.
We deliver the full range of hardware and system integration services required to integrate your small satellite payload onto a launch system. Three of our multi-manifest solutions have flown to date, and we are executing integration efforts to support at least five additional launches.
We deliver multi-manifest solutions spanning the full ranges of needs of National Security Space Launch (NSSL) systems, including small launch vehicle requirements. Our systems maximize the use of COTS hardware when practical and are designed to be ready for launch on schedules as short as 12 months.
Our broad solutions involve the use of hardware that enables radial and axial dispensing of satellite systems while supporting launch vehicle-specific solutions as needed. We can adapt these systems to deliver hybrid solutions that employ elements of each family to meet your specific requirements. An interface ring for CubeSats, the use of an ESPA Ring with the Type 2 interface system, and combinations of Type 1 and Type 4 are possible and practical without significant nonrecurring development effort. These capabilities are achievable based on the collaboration and cooperation of our team and vendors.
Capable of delivering six ESPA-class satellites to orbit and/or additional smaller space vehicles mounted to individual ports, Type 1 includes an ESPA Ring with proven flight history (TRL-9) on several missions, including STP-1, LCROSS, AFSPC-4/-6, AFRL EAGLE, and several commercial missions. The system’s payload separation systems are also flight-proven (TRL-9). The system includes a TRL-9 Auxiliary Payload Support Unit (APSU) that standardizes the interface between the launch system and flight system. We are currently under contract to deliver a minimum of four flight systems employing ESPA and/or ESPA-Grande adapters.
The Type 2 interface family delivers a 1.5-meter diameter dual/multiple payload carrier capable of supporting one or several space vehicles. Adapters comprising Type 2 were designed and built from flight heritage components. The solution leverages design specifications developed with input from NASA, Office of Space Launch, and the Department of Defense (DoD). Through design and design review, analysis and analysis review, and full-scale qualification test, we retired a significant portion of component development risks. Type 2 also uses an APSU.
Type 4 offers a 2.5-meter diameter dual payload solution for support of two medium-sized or multiple additional smaller space vehicles. Type 4 includes configuration flexibility – SV adapters can be selected to match multiple industry-standard interfaces without modification of the dual-adapter primary structural design. The system is constructed from flight-proven components, including forward and aft payload adapters and separation systems. Multiple integration engineering design and configuration studies are complete. Type 4 utilizes DoD SV volumes within Atlas V and Falcon 9 payload fairings (PLFs). The component manufacturer f has extensive experience building large, separating flight hardware, including Atlas V PLF, Atlas V Inter Stage Adapter, Ariane 5 PLF, and Vega PLF.