Success Stories: MSV

Modular Space Vehicle Comes to Life at ATA

ATA completed its tasking for the Assembly, Integration, and Test (AI&T) of the Northrop Grumman (NG) designed modular spacecraft bus at ATA facilities.  ATA supported all receiving and inspection of the satellite components and additionally fabricated numerous test cables for the effort.  For the six-month AI&T program, ATA generated and utilized safe-to-mate procedures, component-level assembly, panel-level assembly, and satellite-level electrical and mechanical assembly procedures.  ATA also generated all verification test documentation to include initial functional test procedures, limited functional procedures, and comprehensive performance test procedures for the entire spacecraft bus test campaign.  ATA received the 2014 World Class Team Supplier Award for outstanding performance and support of the Northrop Grumman MSV program.

For the build-out of modular space vehicles and other similar projects, ATA’s Systems Test and Evaluation Business Area is able to leverage proximity to the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Operationally Responsive Space (ORS), state-of-the-art facilities, and a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with AFRL for the use of facilities and test infrastructure.


Modular Space Vehicle

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