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.


Design and Analysis of an Optical Imaging Platform

Trex Enterprises was contracted to develop a prototype generic Laser Hazard Detection System (gLHDS) for use on a UH-1 Huey helicopter on a very tight schedule. The system is designed to detect small cross-section hazards, including power lines, from a distance of more than 200 yards.


Design and Analysis of the TransHab Window Frame

Johnson Space Center (JSC) developed the TransHab concept, an inflatable habitation module as a potential crew quarters for the International Space Station (ISS).


Design and Optimization of a Launch Vehicle Transporter/Erector/Launcher

Antares is a two-stage vehicle that provides low Earth orbit launch capability for payloads weighing over 5,000 kg. ATA Engineering and its engineering and manufacturing partner Martinez & Turek were selected to design, engineer, manufacture, install, and test the highly optimized Transporter/Erector/Launcher (TEL) system for the Antares.


Design of MSL Test Chassis

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 rover yet to be sent to Mars, it was designed to search for evidence of microbial life, past or present.


Desktop Printer Drop Correlation and Simulations

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has developed a new high-performance printer that greatly enhances the productivity and quality of office printing operations. As part of their printer development, HP must verify that their printers can maintain operability in the event of drops during the transportation or installation process.


Dream Chaser Analysis Support

For over 50 years, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has developed and provided high-technology electronics, avionics, and communications systems. In 2012, SNC was selected as one of three companies to participate in NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative, following its Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2) Space Act Agreement with the agency.


Dream Chaser Support

ATA supported several teams across the Dream Chaser program with our expertise in the design, analysis, and testing of high-performance aerospace systems. This support included performing system-level and component-level simulations, developing custom software tools, and providing mentoring, formal software training, and technology transfer to strengthen the capabilities of the SNC team for years to come.


Dynamic Shock Simulation of Hard Disk Drive

Hard disk drives (HDDs) must endure tremendous shock environments that occur during transportation, installation, and operation of the drives. The dynamic environments are very brief, 1 millisecond or less, and can have a peak acceleration of 800 g or more.


Dynamic Stress Analysis of THAAD Seeker IGA

The Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system is a transportable defensive weapon that uses precision targeting to protect against hostile incoming threats such as tactical and theater ballistic missiles. BAE Systems (BAE) is responsible for providing the infrared (IR) seeker subsystem, stabilized on a two-axis integrated gimbal assembly (IGA), which is subjected to […]


Electronic Equipment Room Layout and Ventilation

Designing the layout of electronic equipment room interiors and sizing environmental control systems can be complex tasks depending upon the amount of equipment and the demands of the environment. The goal of this project was to size the cooling system needed to maintain the electronic equipment in its cases at the required operating temperature as […]


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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