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.


Aeroelasticity Support for Nixus Glider

Under the guidance of Dr. Paulo Iscold, Nixus Glider Company and California Polytechnic State University have developed a fly-by-wire glider aircraft (Nixus) with a wingspan of just under 92 feet and an overall length of approximately 31 feet. Due to the flexibility of the aircraft and given ATA’s history of performing ground vibration tests (GVTs), […]


Aeroelasticity Support for Perlan 2 Glider

The Perlan Project’s engineless sailplane aircraft, the Perlan 2, is designed to glide on air currents to 90,000 feet, at the edge of space, to study Earth’s climate.


Analysis and Testing of the Predator UAV

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., (GA-ASI) develops and manufactures the Predator line of aircraft, a highly successful long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) used in surveillance and reconnaissance missions around the globe. ATA Engineering, Inc., has supported GA-ASI by modeling, analyzing, and testing different variants of the Predator.


Analysis of Prototype Aircraft Radar Structure

Orbital ATK (formerly ATK) was under contract to develop a prototype lightweight aircraft radar structure, manufactured entirely from advanced composite materials. ATA Engineering, Inc., (ATA) provided key analysis support for a fast-approaching critical design review (CDR) by performing a variety of advanced structural analyses required to validate the design


Autonomous Ground Vehicle Prototypes

ATA Engineering, Inc., (ATA) has been working with the UCSD Coordinated Robotics Lab to develop working prototypes of a number of innovative robotic UGVs (unmanned ground vehicles).


Complete GVT of the 747 SP SOFIA Aircraft

A Boeing 747SP aircraft was modified by L-3 Communications Integrated Systems to accommodate a 2.5 meter reflecting telescope as part of the SOFIA program. SOFIA, the largest airborne observatory in the world, is a collaborative effort of NASA and DLR, the German Aerospace Center.


Concept Evaluation and Refinement Support

OATK (formerly Orbital Sciences Corporation) was awarded a series of contracts by NASA to define an architecture to support NASA’s Space Exploration Vision. ATA worked closely with OATK’s Concept Evaluation and Refinement (CE&R) design team to help develop conceptual designs for lunar exploration infrastructure.


Coupled Loads Analysis Supported with Modal Testing

In preparation for the launch, ATA Engineering was contracted by Spaceflight to develop a finite element model (FEM) of the IPS, conduct a modal test of the IPS with simulated payloads attached, and correlate the IPS FEM to the modal test results.


Customization of Femap FEA Preprocessor for Shipbuilders

ATA Engineering, Inc., (ATA) in support of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), was funded by the National Shipbuilding Research Program to automate the creation of finite element models in Femap.


Deep Impact Spacecraft Development Support

Learn how ATA’s specialized test and analysis support contributed to NASA’s Deep Impact spacecraft completing its mission.


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.