Environmental Testing

SSL Provides Rapid Space Qualification Through Environmental Testing

Dedicated Environmental Test Facilities for SmallSats

  • Thermal Vacuum Cycling
  • Capable of -170°C to +150°C
  • Vacuum Level 1 x 10 -6 torr
  • Thermal Cycling
  • Capable of -160°C to +180°C
  • Sine/Random Vibration
  • Testing up to: 18,000 pounds force
  • Antenna Test Facility
  • Compact & Near Field Antenna Test Range
    • Capable of testing S to Ka-Band
  • EMI/EMC testing
  • Outgassing (ASTM E595)
  • TQCM and RGA measurements available
  • Test Equipment Design and Fabrication

 

 

 

materials testing at ssl
thermal cycling

 

 

 

 

Thermal Vacuum and Cycling Chambers

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

 

Vibration Testing

Clean Room Classification 

Controller: m+p (Channels)

Force Rating: Sine/Radom (lbf)

Displacement (pk-pk) (in.)

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

21.5
2 x 2, 1/4-20

ECA (Environmentally Controlled Area)

16

8000/
8000

2

28 x 28
2 x 2, 1/4-20

24
2 x 2, 1/4-20

M6.5 (100K PPM)

64

17000/
16000

1

42 x 42
4 x 4, 1/4-20

42
4 x 4, 1/4-20

ECA (Environmentally Controlled Area)

32

17000/
16000

1

48 x 48
4 x4 , 1/4-20

42
4 x 4, 1/4-20

 

Antenna Test Facilities

Clean Room Classification

Antenna Test Range Type

Measurement Window (in)

Frequency Range (GHz)

Range Accuracy

Dynamic Range (db)

Range Pointing Accuracy  RSS)

M6.5 (100K PPM)

Compact Antenna

192" x 192"

2-31

Amplitude Taper:
± 0.5 to 1.0 db
Amplitude Ripple:
± 0.5 db
Phase Taper:
7 to 10°

55-70

± 0.03°

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