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.


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.


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.


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.


Hangar Wake Impact Study

ATA used steady and time-accurate computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations to quantify the impact of a newly proposed helicopter hangar’s wake on the operation of landing aircraft on a nearby runway at a regional airport. The analysis showed that the larger hangar structure and closer dimensionless spacing from the runway would exacerbate wake effects relative […]


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.


George M. Low Award Recipient

ATA is a proud recipient of the prestigious George M. Low award, NASA’s premier quality
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