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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$900,012.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
F29601-03-C-0035
Award Id:
57487
Agency Tracking Number:
021NM-0485
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
11995 El Camino Real, Suite 200, San Diego, CA, 92130
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
133709001
Principal Investigator:
GarethThomas
Senior Technical Advisor
(858) 792-3985
gareth.thomas@ata-e.com
Business Contact:
DavidHunt
VP, Business Development
(858) 792-3995
dave.hunt@ata-e.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
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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