Saturday, April 04, 2020

Test & Integration

Making the grade.

 

Element and System Tests

Component and Subsystem Acceptance and Qualification Testing

Vehicle Assembly at SVC

End-to-End System Testing: Hardware-in-the-loop, Mission Timeline, Booster and Ordnance Simulators

Post Boost Air Bearing Testing as required

EMI/EMC Testing with Range Assets

ait-2 Payload Modal Analysis

 

Payload Integration

Mechanical and Electrical ICD Development

Payload and Vehicle Telemetry

 

Air Bearing Testing

The Space Vector air bearing facility is used to to test post boost attitude control systems in a space-like environment. This is a complete hardware-in-the-loop (HWIL) test running the flight software. TM data and laser pointer traces are used to verify system performance.

Dual Payload Airbearing TestSingle Payload Airbearing Test

 

Special Test Equipment

Space Vector has developed a variety of ruggedized test consoles using proven data acquisition and analysis software together with data acquisition cards. The test consoles are centered around a COTS computer. Standard models are designed into a two to three stack 19-inch rack anti-vibration transit cases with optional printer.

One of our key pieces of test equipment is the Telemetry Ground Station. This system can receive up to 5 S-Band PCM links (2200 to 2400 MHz) simultaneously. Each link has a 10 Mbit/sec data width and outputs can be configured as NRZL, NRZM, NRZS, and 422 data. The system uses dual processors operating at 450 MHz. Data is stored directly to an 18 GB hard drive for processing.

Battery Test Consoles

 

GPS Simulation

Space Vector owns two GPS constellation simulators: A Spirent GSS7700 and a dual output GSS8000. These simulators are used for testing our GPS tracking units under flight representative scenarios.

GPS Simulator GSS7700GPS Simulator GSS8000

  

Thermal Chambers

Space Vector owns four large thermal chambers and access to additional chambers.