Testing Equipment for Space and Satellite Hardware
The International Space Station is in low Earth orbit, spinning around the globe a mere 400 km above the surface of the earth. It is in the thermosphere, a layer of the atmosphere that, perhaps surprisingly, is not completely devoid of atmospheric molecules. Other human-made satellites find themselves located much further, and their successful operation depends on being able to operate in the high vacuum of outer space.
Scientists, researchers and engineers that design and build the equipment that is used at the various distances beyond the surface of Earth require a way to test that equipment while on the Earth’s surface.
Angstrom Engineering’s space simulation systems gives those creating technology destined for space, or those studying how low pressure environments affect matter in general, the environment necessary to successfully test and complete their work. They get accurate information on how their components will work under different pressures and temperatures. It is, of course, crucial that all components used in upper atmosphere and outer space environments undergo rigorous testing to ensure they will stand up to the strain of these extreme conditions.
Two of the key elements required to simulate the environment outside of our atmosphere are advanced pressure and temperature controls. To achieve pressure control, Angstrom’s vacuum engineers designed a pressure vessel capable of reaching high vacuum using cryogenic or turbo-molecular pumps in conjunction with a mechanical roughing pump. The temperature control system involves a combination of actively heated and cooled surfaces along with the use of solar selective coatings to absorb excess radiation and remove it from the system. Angstrom has achieved impressive temperature ramping, while also successfully managing to maintain temperature stability within the parameters set out by the user.
The temperature range of the platen depends on the method of heating and cooling, with ranges from LN2 cooled -60ºC with heating up to 150ºC. Our engineers have created a space simulation system with just the right temperature and pressure controls. With the required pumping equipment, thermal control options and data monitoring, our system is one of the most advanced space simulation systems in the market today.
Proven Reliability, Incredible Product, Affordable Price
All the components used for manufacturing space simulation systems are tested and proven to be reliable. Our vacuum vessels, pumping systems, and fluid circulating systems are all rigorously tested. With one of our space simulation systems, engineers will be able to test components in a high vacuum environment with various options for temperature and pressure controls, all while remaining cost effective.
Angstrom Engineering offers customers the best design and installation of space simulation systems in the field. Our engineers are comfortable with a variety of sizes for your simulation, and can moderate all pressure controls to your requirements.
Powered equipment can be used in the simulator, and other environmental tests can be implemented, such as x-rays, light spectrum emitters, and devices that output various frequencies of EM radiation. Our partners who use our space simulation systems have told us that our systems outperform other simulators on the market and are superior in almost every way, despite being very competitively priced. We are proud that equipment that is being used in space today was tested using Angstrom’s space simulation systems. We guarantee the quality, reliability and safety of our products.
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