Case Studies

Client Use Cases of ATA Engineering Services

ATA has a number of case studies detailing the successful engineering projects on which we've collaborated with clients. Browse the case studies below for examples of our breadth of skills and knowledge.

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Design and Optimization of a Launch Vehicle Transporter/Erector/Launcher

Antares is a two-stage vehicle that provides low Earth orbit launch capability for payloads weighing over 5,000 kg. ATA Engineering and its engineering and manufacturing partner Martinez & Turek were selected to design, engineer, manufacture, install, and test the highly optimized Transporter/Erector/Launcher (TEL) system for the Antares.


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Design of MSL Test Chassis

As part of NASA’s unmanned planetary exploration program, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory built a next-generation rover, called the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL). The largest rover yet to be sent to Mars, it was designed to search for evidence of microbial life, past or present.


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Desktop Printer Drop Correlation and Simulations

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has developed a new high-performance printer that greatly enhances the productivity and quality of office printing operations. As part of their printer development, HP must verify that their printers can maintain operability in the event of drops during the transportation or installation process.


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Dream Chaser Analysis Support

For over 50 years, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has developed and provided high-technology electronics, avionics, and communications systems. In 2012, SNC was selected as one of three companies to participate in NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative, following its Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2) Space Act Agreement with the agency.


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Dynamic Shock Simulation of Hard Disk Drive

Hard disk drives (HDDs) must endure tremendous shock environments that occur during transportation, installation, and operation of the drives. The dynamic environments are very brief, 1 millisecond or less, and can have a peak acceleration of 800 g or more.


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Dynamic Stress Analysis of THAAD Seeker IGA

The Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system is a transportable defensive weapon that uses precision targeting to protect against hostile incoming threats such as tactical and theater ballistic missiles. BAE Systems (BAE) is responsible for providing the infrared (IR) seeker subsystem, stabilized on a two-axis integrated gimbal assembly (IGA), which is subjected to […]


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Electronic Equipment Room Layout and Ventilation

Designing the layout of electronic equipment room interiors and sizing environmental control systems can be complex tasks depending upon the amount of equipment and the demands of the environment. The goal of this project was to size the cooling system needed to maintain the electronic equipment in its cases at the required operating temperature as […]


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Fatigue-Life Assessment on a Seismic Source Vehicle

Inova Geophysical manufactures the UNIVIB™ (PLS-326) small vibrator vehicle used for vibroseismic operations during oil and gas exploration. ATA provided operational test services for three variations of the UNIVIB vehicle.


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First-Stage Tanks for Kistler K-1 Launch Vehicle

The Kistler K-1 was a reusable launch vehicle consisting of two stages: a Launch Assist Platform (LAP) and an Orbital Vehicle (OV), both using liquid oxygen (LOX)/rocket propellant (RP) engines. ATA took responsibility for the design and analysis of the LAP LOX tank before it became a schedule-critical item.


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Flight and Landing Analysis of the Pad Abort Demonstrator

The Lockheed Martin launch Pad Abort Demonstrator (PAD) was used as a test bed to demonstrate crew escape technologies and validate analytical models for future crew escape systems. The PAD test bed was designed to use fully instrumented mannequins to provide data on crew environments during test and checkout of crew escape propulsion systems, parachute […]


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