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.


Optimization of Spacecraft Composite Reflectors

Orbital ATK (formerly Composite Optics, Inc.) is a provider of advanced composite products for the space and aerospace markets. One of Orbital ATK’s core businesses is large, shaped reflector assemblies for the telecommunications industry.


Prediction of Wind Drag on a Semi-Trailer

Trinity Trailer has a unique design for their Eagle Bridge semi-trailer. It does not have the typical “boxy” shape of the more conventional trailers, and as a result there is a certain amount of structure exposed to the wind.


Pretest Acoustic Analysis of Orion E-STA

The Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle is NASA’s first spacecraft designed for long-duration, human-rated deep-space exploration. Orion is being designed to eventually transport humans beyond low Earth orbit to destinations such as the Moon and Mars and return them safely to Earth. Glenn Research Center (GRC) supported the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle program with vibroacoustic testing […]


Reducing Cygnus Spacecraft Ground Transportation Loads

The Cygnus spacecraft is an unmanned resupply spacecraft. Vivace was contracted to design and build a unique vertical ground transporter for the Cygnus spacecraft.


Simulating Mars Rover Touchdown Dynamics

The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) was launched by NASA in 2011 with the unique directive of investigating whether ancient conditions on Mars could have supported the existence of microbial life. This rover represents the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s largest and most advanced rover, requiring an all-new landing maneuver.


Stowing and Random Analysis of a Deployable Antenna

CTD asked ATA to provide analysis support to simulate the stowing process to represent the preloaded stress state and perform a random vibration analysis to examine the stress due to the dynamic launch environment.


Structural Analysis and Test of the Messenger Spacecraft

Launched in August of 2004, Messenger is the MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging mission designed to investigate six key scientific questions about Mercury’s characteristics and environment. The Messenger mission orbited Mercury after making two flybys of the planet, using data collected during the flybys as an initial guide to perform a more focused […]


Structural Analysis of Electronics Racks

The Cooperative OUTBOARD Logistics Update (COBLU) system is an upgrade of the countermeasures detection and analysis system deployed on U.S. and British Royal Navy ships, which provides early warning and targeting of surface ships.


Structural Analysis of MSL ChemCam Body Unit

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 Mars rover yet, MSL was sent to one of the most intriguing sites there to investigate whether ancient conditions would have favored the existence of microbial life.


Structural Design, Analysis, and Test for the X-38

ATA supported Orbital ATK throughout the detailed design analysis of the X-38 DPS Forward Structural Adapter structure and provided engineering support for the static load test.


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.