Protection from launch environments is provided by shock and vibration isolation solutions, including structures for engine support. Payload adapters offer customers new, cost effective ways to getting to space.
The Moog ESPA Ring and other payload adapters support multiple satellites of different sizes on EELV class (Atlas V, Delta IV, and Falcon 9), Minotaur Family, Pegasus, Athena, Antares, and other vehicles. Moog adapters can be used for Small Satellites including ESPA-Class payloads down to Nanosatellites (CubeSats) in addition being a spacecraft structure.
Moog is focused on working with the newly-established US Space Force and the National Reconnaissance Office, according to Rob Atkins, Moog National Security Space Manager, who added, “We have a long history of supporting launch vehicles and defence systems in space.” A former US Air Force Lt-Col, Atkins pointed out the most promising approach to a responsive launch is to create a Line Replaceable Unit (LRU) and have that effectively sit aside in the factory waiting for callup. “Using a propulsive ESPA [Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Secondary Payload Adapters] like Moog’s Orbital Maneuvering Vehicle (OMV) is the best approach to responsive and flexible operations,” he told MilTech.