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.


Structural Dynamic Analysis of the COBRA Engine

Aerojet Rocketdyne (formerly Aerojet) was contracted to design and test a new booster for NASA’s Space Launch Initiative. One engine design was the Co-Optimized Booster for Reusable Applications (COBRA), a liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen engine designed to fire with 600,000 pounds of thrust.


Test & Analysis of the Acoustic Performance & Dynamic Response of a Commercial Speaker

Sonos approached ATA to evaluate different materials for use in a new speaker system and to assess the acoustic characteristics. ATA performed an integrated test/analysis project to predict the dynamic response of the speaker system.


Testing and Analysis of the X-34 System

OATK (formerly Orbital Sciences Corporation) develops a variety of advanced launch vehicles and satellites. ATA has supported OATK by developing structural-dynamic models and performing modal testing and analysis of most of their launch vehicles, including the Transfer Orbit Stage, Pegasus, and Taurus.


Thermal Analysis of Solar Array Panels with Temperature-Varying Absorptivity

ATA was tasked with providing thermal analysis on SolAero Technologies Corp.’s (SolAero) solar array panel design that had temperature-dependent absorptivities. ATA supported SolAero by developing a necessary subroutine in Thermal Desktop® and performing the thermal analyses.


Thermal and Structural Design of a Low-Profile Dual-Band Antenna

ThinKom Solutions, Inc., a provider of compact antenna solutions for aeronautical, on-the-move, and portable applications, contracted ATA to provide design and analysis support for a compact dual-band antenna system.


Thermal and Structural Design of Li-Ion Batteries

EaglePicher Technologies is a leading producer of batteries and energetic devices for the defense, space, and commercial industries. In particular, EaglePicher is a leading developer and supplier of lithium-ion (Li-Ion) batteries to satellite manufacturers.


Thermal Design of an Automated Washlight

The PanaBeam™XR2 is a 1,200 W high-performance automated washlight from Morpheus Lights for professional users in the entertainment industry. It features a combination of beam modification and motion control capabilities using a high-performance drive system.


Verification and Validation of Titan Centaur Loads

The Titan Centaur, a high-performance upper stage for the Titan IV launch vehicle, was developed by Lockheed Martin Space Systems (LMSS) and used primarily to launch Air Force payloads. Titan IV, as the nation’s largest, most powerful expendable space launch vehicle, provided primary access to space for critical national security and civil payloads and was […]


WB-57 Gross Weight Increase Program

NASA operates three WB-57F Canberra aircraft for high-altitude research and development missions. Recognizing an opportunity to greatly increase the utility of these aircraft, NASA contracted ATA Engineering to provide support for a gross weight increase program.


Wind Load Analysis for a Parabolic Dish Antenna

Wasatch Composite Analysis was under contract to provide structural analysis of a composite parabolic dish used in an antenna design.


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