Spacecraft Payload Interfaces
Where Launch Vehicles and Spacecraft Meet
The journey from Earth to space typically covers only a short portion of the life of a spacecraft. However, this period endures the most significant mechanical loads, including high levels of shock and vibration. Moog CSA Engineering provides multiple solutions for integrating spacecraft to launch vehicles, accommodating one or more payloads with options for launch load alleviation. The ESPA Ring and other payload adapters support multiple satellites of different sizes on EELV, Minotaur IV and other vehicles. SoftRide is a standalone product that also integrates with our adapters. It contains three separate systems that can be tailored for any specific mission: UniFlex primarily isolates in the vehicle axial direction, OmniFlex can isolate in both axial and lateral directions, and ShockRing specifically targets high-frequency shock transmission into the spacecraft.
The ESPA Ring is designed to allow six 400 pound secondary satellites to launch aboard an Atlas V or Delta IV, along with primary satellites up to 15,000 pounds.
SoftRide is an engineered interface between spacecraft and launch vehicle that reduces vibration and shock transmitted to the spacecraft. It enables satellite and instrument designers to focus on on-orbit performance rather than launch survival.
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