Composites

 

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.

 

 

 

 

composites team

END TO END SOLUTIONS

  • DESIGN
  • Composite structures optimized for requirements
  • ANALYSIS
  • Expertise in analyzing complex composite structures
  • MANUFACTURE
  • Extensive manufacturing facilities and equipment
  • ASSEMBLY
  • Ultra high precision assembly fixturing and tooling
  • TEST
  • Thermal cycle, thermal vacuum,thermo elastic distortion, static load, vibration, acoustic
  • SUPPORT
  • Extensive materials library and strong supply chain
  • R&D
  • Composites Center of Excellence dedicated to advancing composites technologies

OVER 10,000 COMPOSITE PARTS PER SPACECRAFT

SSL has an extensive history of building high-reliability composite structures.

  • Fully equipped facility
  • Precision assembly equipment

 

MANUFACTURING FACILITIES

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
panel router
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

 

MATERIALS LIBRARY

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