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.


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 […]


Ground Vibration Test and Structural Mode Interaction Assessment of an Aircraft

Tamarack Aerospace Group (Tamarack) does airplane modifications. In this project, Tamarack retrofitted specialized winglets, with active camber surfaces, to an existing airplane. That modification requires EASA and FAA certification of the aircraft.


Hyper-X Flutter Analysis

NASA’s experimental scramjet flight vehicle, the X-43, defies the current standard of jet engines. Instead of carrying the oxygen required for combustion, the supersonic combustion ramjet, or scramjet, has the potential to revolutionize space travel as the first implementation of an air-breathing ramjet engine.


Infrared Sensor Package Prototype

A defense prime contractor awarded ATA Engineering a contract to design the packaging for an infrared sensor to be used on an unmanned aerial vehicle. During preliminary analysis, it was determined that the aerodynamic pressure on a fixed sensor window during flight would require a very costly, high-strength material that would have an unacceptably adverse […]


Load Analysis of Minotaur Launch Vehicle

Orbital Sciences Corporation develops a variety of launch vehicles designed to place a wide range of satellites and spacecraft into orbit. One such launch vehicle is the Minotaur, developed for the U.S. Air Force’s Orbital/Suborbital Program.


Loads and Dynamic Analysis of Spacecraft for Human Spaceflight

Lockheed Martin Space (LMS) is under contract to provide NASA with a spacecraft capable of enabling human exploration farther into our solar system than ever before. ATA Engineering, Inc., (ATA) has provided key design, analysis, and testing support for the Orion program since its infancy in 2005 when it was called the Crew Exploration Vehicle as […]


Loads Modeling of the K-1 Launch Vehicle

Kistler Aerospace was a private company whose mission was to develop a completely new reusable launch vehicle designed to dramatically reduce the cost of launching low-Earth-orbit communications satellites. Kistler was responsible for system integration, with several subcontractors supplying the various components of the vehicle.


Modal Testing of Wind Turbines

Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and Texas Tech University, constructed the Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility in Lubbock, Texas. SNL developed SWiFT to enable rapid, cost-efficient testing and development of transformative wind energy technology.


Multi-Input Multi-Output Component Qualification Testing

Vibration testing is used in many industries to qualify components and evaluate performance. ATA has developed a multi-input multi-output (MIMO) shaker control system capable of controlling multiple degrees of freedom simultaneously using standard electrodynamic shakers, allowing test articles to be subjected to a diverse set of testing environments simultaneously in multiple degrees of freedom.


Multiphysics Coupled Analysis Capabilities for Hypersonic Vehicle Structures

ATA has developed a high-fidelity, tightly integrated multiphysics analysis capability for performing coupled aerothermal-structural simulation of hypersonic vehicle structures. ATA’s methods leverage a set of coupled software tools created to model the response of these structures in extreme flight environments at both the global level of the full flight vehicle and the local level of […]


George M. Low Award Recipient

ATA is a proud recipient of the prestigious George M. Low award, NASA’s premier quality
and performance award recognizing contractors for technical and business excellence.