Rapid access to SSL’s extensive facilities and services to achieve development, qualification and production objectives.
From concept to cure, SSL’s composites technology and capabilities provide optimized, high reliability solutions. SSL’s design, analysis, and manufacturing experts team with customers to deliver engineered composite structures that meet cost, performance, and schedule requirements.
SSL’s efforts to reduce hazardous waste, conserve water, recycle, reduce emissions and the use of fossil fuels, and protect the space environment benefit the company, the community, and the planet. In protecting the environment, the company has also discovered increased efficiencies and a happier workforce. SSL employees are pleased to work for a company that cares for the well-being of the environment and places an importance on how it leaves the world for future generations.
SSL has an extensive history of building high-reliability composite structures.
|Carbon Fiber Prepregs||Style||Resin System||Properties|
|M55J||Plain weave||Epoxy||High modulus, spacecraft structures|
|M55J||Unidirectional tape||Epoxy||High modulus, spacecraft structures|
|T300||Plain weave||Epoxy||High modulus, spacecraft structures|
|Fiberglass fabric||Plain weave||Epoxy||Low cost, RF transparent|
|Polyaramid fabric||Plain weave||Cyanate ester||High modulus, RF transparent|
|Triax fabric||Triaxial weave||Cyanate ester||Ultra high modulus, acoustically permeable antenna reflectors|
|Partially spread fabric||Plain weave||Cyanate ester||Ultra high modulus, dimensionally stable structures|
|YS80A||Unidirectional tape||Epoxy||Ultra high modulus, stiffness driven applications|
|K13D2U||Unidirectional tape||Cyanate ester||High thermal conductivity|
|TEM-9015 1/2||Chopped graphite||Epoxy||Molding compound, low cost|
SSL Provides Rapid Space Qualification Through Environmental Testing
|Clean Room Classification||Vacuum Capabilities (Torr)||Thermal Range (°C)||Thermal Base Plate Size Orientation (in.)||Chamber Size (in.)|
|M6.5 (100K PPM)||>1 x 10-5||140 to -65||16 x 25||23 x 47|
|M6.5 (100K PPM)||>1 x 10-5||180 to -100||48 x 48||104 x 210|
|M5 (10K PPM)||>1 x 10-5||180 to -100||48 x 48||72 x 70|
|M6.5 (100K PPM)||N/A||160 to -160||N/A||114 x 137|
|Clean Room Classification||Controller: M+P (Channels)||Force Rating: Sine/Radom (lbf)||Displacement
|Slip-Table: Dimension Hole Pattern (in.)||Head-Expander: Dimension Hole Pattern (in.)|
|ECA (Environmentally Controlled Area)||32||10000/10000||1||20 x 20
2 x 2, 1/4-20
2 x 2, 1/4-20
|ECA (Environmentally Controlled Area)||16||8000/8000||2||28 x 28
2 x 2, 1/4-20
2 x 2, 1/4-20
|M6.5 (100K PPM)||64||17000/
|1||42 x 42
4 x 4, 1/4-20
4 x 4, 1/4-20
|ECA (Environmentally Controlled Area)||32||17000/
|1||48 x 48
4 x4 , 1/4-20
4 x 4, 1/4-20
|Clean Room Classification||Antenna Test
|Range Accuracy||Dynamic Range (db)||Range Pointing
|M6.5 (100K PPM)||Compact Antenna||192" x 192"||2-31||Amplitude Taper:
± 0.5 to 1.0 db
± 0.5 db
7 to 10°
|M6.5 (100K PPM)||Near Field||260" x 260"||1.6-31||Scanner Planarity:
Less than 1 mil in X,Y,Z axis
|>55||0.007° deg per pointing axis|
SSL offers Space Expertise and Facilities for Materials Testing and Robotic Assembly/Integration.
Our Material Testing Capabilities Include:
|48,000 sq. ft. composite manufacturing facility||15,000 sq. ft. assembly facility||Three large ovens largest
16' x 11' x 24'
|Three autoclaves largest 10' dia x 21' long||Large (14' x 14' x 10') thermal cycling chamber for photogrammetry||Large (13' x 10') CNC
|Large (5' X 10') 5-Axis CNC Router||Ultra-high precision alignment and assembly ﬁxturing and tooling||Three large (10' x 12') graphite tables for panel molding and bonding|
|Digital photogrammetry||Large walk-in freezer (for prepreg storage)||High bay with overhead crane|
|Dedicated composites machine shop||Automated ply cutter with laser projection||Laser tracker measurement system|
|Laser ply projection||Clean rooms for assembly and bonding||Two compression molding presses|
Assembly and test areas include a class 10,000 (ISO 7) clean room, upgradeable to class 1000 as dictated by program requirements (400 ft2); a class 10,000 (ISO 7) clean tent (400 ft2); and two class 100,000 high bays (1000 ft2 each). Inside the class 10,000 clean rooms, Class 100 (ISO 5) laminar flow bench workstations are used for sensitive assembly operations.
SSL maintains its own in-house fabrication facility and machine shop. Equipment includes 3-, 4-, and 5-axis CNC mills, a 4-axis Vertical Machining Center with optical spindle probe, a well-equipped tool room with precision jig borer, manual tool room lathes, and manual milling machines.
Dimensional inspection is performed in environmentally-controlled rooms equipped with a Coordinate Measuring Machine; High-precision Measuring Machine (PMM); Faro Arm (for larger, immobile assemblies); precision roundness machine (capable of measuring roundness, runout, flatness, and perpendicularity to a resolution of 0.00002 inch); high precision micrometer (capable of a resolution of 0.00001 inch); and various smaller, industry-standard, inspection tools.
Assembly & Test
Testing capabilities at SSL include actuator dynamometer testing (torques ranging from less than 1 oz-in to nearly 1000 lb-ft), thermal testing, thermal vacuum testing, and structure-mechanism static testing.
Additionally, SSL frequently develops unique test rigs to verify program-specific performance requirements (such as mechanism deployment accuracy/repeatability or robotic arm positioning accuracy/repeatability).
Certified Quality System
SSL has developed and implemented a Quality Management System (QMS) to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide products that meet or exceed customer and applicable regulatory & statutory requirements, and to address customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including continual improvement and the prevention of nonconformity. The quality system complies with the international standards ISO 9001 and AS9100, and is verified by an accredited certification body, to help assure our customers that SSL meets the highest quality standards possible.
From Concept to Launch, SSL SV offers full Product Life Cycle services.
Our Service Capabilities Include
SSL delivers unique mechanism and packaging solutions for a variety of instrument applications. Typical applications include focus and zoom mechanisms for camera systems as well as baffle and door mechanisms for scientific observation equipment. Every system solution leverages heritage flight design, analysis, and test experience to satisfy the most stringent instrument requirement needs.
SSL offers a full suite of composite design and analysis capabilities: A full scale production facility to take any concept through flight qualification. Designs include: small structural elements and stiffening supports, optical benches designed to tight tolerances for precision scientific instrumentation, and large scale satellite bus structures. SSL has facilities to support static, vibration, and thermal-vacuum testing.