Development of a Payload Adapter for Satellite Missions Launched Using ICBM-Derived Launch Vehicles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F29601-03-C-0035
Agency Tracking Number: 021NM-0485
Amount: $900,012.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
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Principal Investigator
 Gareth Thomas
 Senior Technical Advisor
 (858) 792-3985
Business Contact
 David Hunt
Title: VP, Business Development
Phone: (858) 792-3995
Research Institution
The proposed program addresses the development, manufacture and testing of a lightweight payload adapter able to accommodate a wide range of satellite geometries. An innovative design concept was developed for this purpose in Phase I of the program. Thisdesign consists of a graphite epoxy/honeycomb core laminate formed into an essentially flat disk. A single primary payload would be attached directly to the disk whereas a pedestal is required for the use of multiple secondary payloads. The design of thedisk is tuned so that the modal frequencies of the system achieve a high level of payload vibration isolation. This innovation reduces cost and part count and greatly facilitates the manufacturing process while meeting challenging structural requirementswithout resorting to unproven and difficult-to-obtain materials. The design also uses constrained layer damping to reduce vibration levels during the sine-sweep testing that would simulate the severe resonant burn condition of the PeaceKeeper rocketstages. A full-scale engineering design unit will be manufactured and tested exhaustively to confirm adequate static and dynamic strength performance as well as demonstrate the superior isolation characteristics being provided for sensitive and fragilepayloads.

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