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Altius Space Machines Simulation Case Study

Every once in a while, we are lucky enough to have a customer agree to share information on projects we do for them. Altius Space Machines is just such a customer. And yes, we agree, that is a cool name and they do make machines for space.

The case study below talks about some vibration characterization we did for one of their space machines. This device is used to transfer fuel between two spacecraft while they are on orbit. If you have ever worked on any space-based hardware, you know that you can’t design hardware with the assumption it will be quietly orbiting the earth in zero gravity. Launch and maneuver loading can be extreme, and designs need to survive those loads – especially random vibration and shocks.

They were kind enough to share this testimonial:

“PADT delivered above and beyond what was expected and worked closely
with our team to support the entire process rather than just handing off a
finished product. The end result was a realistic vibration simulation model that
agreed well with tests, and a complete understanding of the results and
process. Will be reaching out again and recommending to others.”

– Keith Drake
Test, Prototype, Facilities, and Operations Manager
Altius Space Machines

Read the case study below to learn more.

If you are working on your own space machines, or any device that must survive and perform after or with significant vibration loading, reach out to PADT’s simulation consulting team. We can help.

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