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Specialized Support for Space & Satellite Programs

Raptor Scientific test and measurement instruments are essential in the space industry for evaluating the performance, reliability, and safety of space systems. These instruments ensure that space missions are successful by providing accurate measurements, validating system performance, and identifying any potential issues before launch. Raptor Scientific provides support to the Space sector with an extensive range of test and measurement capabilities, including Mass Properties Instruments and Test Services, Igniter Circuit Testers, Pressure, Temperature, Torque & Force Measurement Instruments, Instrument Cleaning and Contamination Prevention Instruments, Heat Flux Sensors, Infrared Radiometers, and Thermocouples.

The Raptor family of products and services supports the Space industry through:

  • Performance Testing: Raptor Scientific test and measurement instruments are used to evaluate the performance of various space systems, including satellites, spacecraft, and launch vehicles
  • Accurate Measurements: Accurate measurements are crucial for mission planning, trajectory calculations, and ensuring the stability and maneuverability of space systems.
  • Maintaining Integrity and Reliability: Test and validate the functionality that is essential for the operation of the space vehicle.
  • Calibration and Metrology: Raptor Scientific calibration and metrology services ensure that instruments are properly calibrated and traceable to recognized standards. This ensures the accuracy and consistency of measurements and helps maintain the quality and integrity of space missions.
  • Data Analysis and Validation: Test and measurement instruments generate a vast amount of data during testing and validation processes. Raptor Scientific analysis tools and software are used to process and interpret this data, enabling engineers to make informed decisions, identify issues, and validate the performance of space systems.

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Physical Properties Systems

Raptor Scientific offers the only instruments in the world capable of measuring all mass properties in one setup. These instruments reduce handling, thereby reducing the risks associated with it. Our Mass properties instruments are used in the space industry to measure the mass, center of gravity and moments of inertia of spacecraft and other space vehicles. These instruments are essential for ensuring that spacecraft are stable and controllable, properly balanced and that they can be maneuvered accurately in space.

The small satellite market is exploding. Knowledge of the mass properties of a small satellite is essential to understanding its flight dynamics and adjusting its attitude control loop. Raptor Scientific has developed a suite of mass properties instruments intrinsically compatible with cleanroom requirements, providing the measurements needed with no risk to flight hardware.

Fixturing is an essential part of accurate mass properties measurement in space applications. Raptor Scientific manufactures all fixtures necessary for mass properties testing.

Our Mechanical Ground Support Equipment for spacecraft manufacturing and testing includes vacuum-compatible L brackets for use in thermal vacuum testing, positioners, multipurpose trolleys, support trolleys for acoustic chambers, and handling bars for variable center of gravity with a crane.

In addition, the Raptor Scientific hemispherical and spherical air bearings are used as frictionless test platforms to test attitude control systems.

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Igniter Circuit Testers

Raptor Scientific is a designer and manufacturer of igniter circuit testers. Igniter circuit testers are used in the space industry to test the ignition systems of rocket engines and other propulsion systems.

The purpose of an igniter circuit tester is to verify that the ignition system is functioning properly and that the rocket engine or other propulsion system can be safely ignited. The testing procedure for an igniter circuit tester typically involves connecting the test fixture to the ignition system and applying a controlled electrical current to simulate the ignition process. The control unit monitors the current and provides feedback on the performance of the ignition system. Raptor Scientific’s  Igniter circuit testers are designed with safety in mind. The testers must be properly grounded and isolated to prevent electrical shock, and they must be operated in a controlled environment to prevent the risk of fire or explosion. Igniter circuit testers provide valuable data on the performance of the ignition system, which can be used to improve the design and operation of rocket engines and other propulsion systems. By using igniter circuit testers from Raptor Scientific, the space industry can ensure that its propulsion systems are operating at peak performance and are safe and reliable in all conditions. Raptor Scientific igniter circuit testers are a critical testing tool in the space industry to ensure the safety and reliability of rocket engines and other propulsion systems. By using these testers, the space industry can improve the design and operation of its propulsion systems and ensure that they are operating at peak performance.

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Pressure Measurement Instruments

Raptor Scientific has delivered superior test instruments and equipment to support the Space Sector. Raptor Pressure, Temperature, Torque, and Force measurement instruments are essential tools in the space industry, as they support the design, development, testing, and operation of spacecraft and other space vehicles. Here are some ways in which these instruments support the space industry:

These instruments are used to measure the pressure of fluids and gases in spacecraft and other space vehicles. They are used to ensure that the systems are operating within the required pressure range, which is critical for the safety and reliability of the spacecraft.

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Temperature Measurement Instruments

These instruments are used to measure the temperature of fluids and gases in spacecraft and other space vehicles. Our instruments help to ensure that the systems are operating within the required temperature range, The Space Industry relies on the Raptor product line for safety and reliability. Raptor instruments are widely used in the space sector to monitor and measure temperatures in various components and systems. These instruments help ensure that critical components, such as engines, avionics, and thermal protection systems, operate within safe temperature ranges. Temperature measurement instruments are used during the design, manufacturing, and testing of aerospace vehicles to ensure that the thermal management systems are efficient and capable of handling the expected temperature variations during flight. They also aid in diagnosing and troubleshooting any temperature-related issues during maintenance and repairs.

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Thermal Systems

Thermal measurement sensors and instruments support the space market by enabling effective thermal management, temperature monitoring, thermal protection systems, performance optimization, and ensuring the safety and reliability of space systems. These sensors provide crucial data for the design, operation, and maintenance of space missions, ultimately contributing to the success and longevity of space exploration and satellite operations.

Heat flux sensors, infrared radiometers, and thermocouples are essential for monitoring and managing thermal conditions in space systems. These instruments provide real-time temperature data for critical components such as engines, electronics, and thermal protection systems. This information enables engineers to ensure that components are operating at optimal temperatures and to detect any anomalies or overheating that may occur during space missions. Spacecraft and satellites require advanced thermal protection systems to withstand the intense heat generated during atmospheric re-entry or exposure to the sun. Heat flux sensors are used to measure the heat transfer rates during re-entry, providing valuable data for the design and validation of thermal protection systems. Infrared radiometers can be used to monitor the temperature distribution on the surface of the spacecraft during re-entry, ensuring that the thermal protection system is effectively dissipating the heat. Thermocouples are often embedded within thermal protection materials to measure the temperature profiles and ensure that the materials are providing adequate thermal insulation. By accurately measuring and monitoring thermal conditions, engineers can optimize the design and operation of components and systems.

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Torque Measurement Instruments

Torque measurement instruments are used in the aerospace market to accurately measure and analyze the torque applied to various components and systems. These instruments help in ensuring that the proper torque is applied during the assembly and maintenance of aircraft. Torque measurement instruments are used to tighten bolts, fasteners, and other connections to the specified torque values, ensuring that they are secure and will not loosen during flight. They are also used to measure the torque generated by rotating components, such as engines and control surfaces, to ensure they are operating within the desired parameters. Accurate torque measurement is crucial for the safety and reliability of aircraft.

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Force Measurement Instruments

Force measurement instruments are extensively used in the aerospace market to measure and analyze the forces acting on various components and systems. These instruments help in assessing the structural integrity and performance of aerospace vehicles. Force measurement instruments are used during the design and testing phases to determine the loads and stresses experienced by different parts of the vehicle, such as wings, landing gear, and structural frames. This information is crucial for ensuring that the components can withstand the expected forces during flight and meet the required safety standards. Force measurement instruments are also used during maintenance and repairs to assess the condition of components and identify any signs of fatigue or damage.

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Instrument Cleaning and Contamination Prevention

Raptor Scientific offers portable instrument cleaning systems, fluid separators and liquid trap instruments. Instrument cleaning and contamination prevention are critical processes in the space industry to ensure the accuracy and reliability of instruments used in space vehicles and equipment.

Contamination control is essential to prevent the buildup of dirt, dust, and other contaminants that can affect the accuracy and reliability of instruments. Cleaning procedures may vary depending on the type of instrument and the environment in which it is used. For example, instruments used in harsh environments may require more frequent cleaning than those used in controlled environments.

Instruments used in space vehicles and equipment must also be calibrated regularly.

Overall, instrument cleaning and contamination prevention are critical processes in the space industry to ensure the accuracy and reliability of instruments used in space vehicles and equipment. By following proper procedures and utilizing the Raptor Scientific line of products, the space industry can ensure that its instruments are operating at peak performance and are safe and reliable in all conditions.

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Customers and Programs Supported

Lockheed Martin
L3 Harris Technologies
Northrop Grumman Corp.
Boeing
SpaceX
NASA
Blue Origin

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