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April, 2017 AFRL Technologies Highlighted
The local Albuquerque news outlets recently ran three pieces on AFRL technologies. LoadPath's engineering staff provides on-site support to AFRL research areas specific to spacecraft structural, composite, and thermal systems. Please follow these links for more information: www.bizjournals.com, www.kob.com, www.abqjournal.com.
March, 2017 LoadPath attends the Spacecraft Thermal Control Workshop
Several of LoadPath's Thermal Solutions team attended the Spacecraft Thermal Control Workshop at the Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, CA. The workshop provides a forum to meet with those attempting to overcome current and future thermal challenges. LoadPath had discussions with representatives from prime organizations and technology developers. Derek Hengeveld presented "Unlock the Power of your ROM" which was well received.
March, 2017 Veritrek Exploration Tool release! (www.veritrek.com)
The Veritrek Exploration Tool is a software tool for Thermal Desktop users that enables 1,000s of simulations in seconds. Leveraging the near real-time computational efficiency of this tool, users can perform significantly more analysis. Examples include: screening/sensitivity studies, optimization, and 2- and 3-D factor sweeps. Details are provided at www.veritrek.com
December, 2016 Jacob Moulton joins team full-time.
Jacob Moulton recently graduated from New Mexico State with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has been working as a LoadPath intern while in school and now has joined the team full-time.
November, 2016 LoadPath has been awarded an MDA SBIR Phase II contract.
The Missile Defense Agency contract focuses on the development of an advanced mechanism that will enable implementation of reliable restraint and deployment of multiple Kill Vehicle payloads. The mechanism, called the Multi-Object Deployment System (MODS), is in support of the Ballistics Missile Defense System's (BMDS) Multi-Object Kill Vehicle (MOKV) program.
October, 2016 Loadpath recognized as one of New Mexico's top 100 Privately Held Companies
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October, 2016 LoadPath recognized by Spaceflight for payload accommodations
Under contract to Spaceflight, LoadPath has been designing, analyzing, and delivering hardware to support upcoming rideshare missions. LoadPath efforts include development of novel approaches to payload packaging and integration and delivery of payload adapters, ground support equipment, and mass simulators. Notably, Spaceflight recognized LoadPath's CubeStack in an article on their website: http://www.spaceflight.com/model-preparation-sso/.
May, 2016 Carter Sanford joins the LoadPath team.
Carter Sanford, a Mechanical Engineering student at the University of New Mexico, joined LoadPath as an intern. Carter will be supporting numerous efforts including spacecraft component, launch vehicle, and thermal testing.
May, 2016 Mike Wilson received a MS Degree from Mizzou
LoadPath supported Mike Wilson, a member of the thermal team, on finishing his Master's research at the University of Missouri. His Master's Thesis was entitled 'An Experimental Investigation of a Meter-scale Flat-Plate Oscillating Heat Pipe'.
March, 2016 LoadPath mentioned in the Albuqerque Journal
LoadPath was mentioned in the Albuquerque Journal for supporting the Air Force Research Laboratory in the development of the Roll-Out Solar Array (ROSA). LoadPath was responsible for fabricating the high-strain carbon fiber composite slit-tube booms. The lightweight cylindrical booms are able to be rolled into a compacted state for launch and deploy using stored strain energy once in orbit. http://abqjournal.com/734434
March, 2016 Small Satellite Conference
LoadPath will once again support the upcoming 30th Small Satellite Conference in Logan, UT, August 8-11. Stop by our booth (7T) to discuss potential collaboration and solutions to your small satellite needs.
March, 2016 LoadPath attends the Spacecraft Thermal Control Workshop
Several of LoadPath's Thermal Solutions team attended the Spacecraft Thermal Control Workshop at the Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, CA. The workshop provides a forum to meet with those attempting to overcome current and future thermal challenges. LoadPath had discussions with representatives from prime organizations and technology developers. Derek Hengeveld presented "Reduced-Order Modeling for Rapid Thermal Analysis and Evaluation of Spacecraft" which was well received.
March, 2016 Mike Wilson published in ASME Journal of Heat Transfer
Mike Wilson co-authored a paper for the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer entitled 'Effect of Hydrophilic Nanostructured Cupric Oxide Surfaces on the Heat Transport Capability of a Flat-Plate Oscillating Heat Pipe (OHP)'. The paper details an experiment that exploited neutron imaging to study the effects of nanostructures within the channels of an OHP.
March, 2016 Lion's Club Poker
For several years, LoadPath has supported the Albuquerque Rio Grande Lions Club. As with previous years, LoadPath has shown up in force to support their Texas Hold'em tournament. The organization provides community service by conducting vision screenings, equipping hospitals and clinics, distributing medicine and raising awareness of eye disease, Lions work toward their mission of providing vision for all. This year, the LoadPath contingent ended up with three people at the final table...none of us won, once again!
January, 2016 Cody Griffee joins the LoadPath Team
Cody Griffee joined LoadPath, bringing with him a diverse background in Mechanical Engineering. He recently held the position of Senior Engineer and Mechanical Design Group Lead at Moog-CSA Engineering prior to a short stint at Sandia National Labs. Cody's experience in solid/finite element modeling, mechanical design, and modal, static, random vibe, and shock testing are a welcome addition to LoadPath's core strengths.
January, 2016 LoadPath presents at AIAA SciTech Conference
LoadPath authored four papers published in the proceedings for the AIAA SciTech Conference in San Diego, CA. Dr. Sonny Jeon presented his work published in the paper entitled 'Free Deployment of a Sparse-Isogrid Column with High Strain Composite Ribs.' Dr. Jeon also co-authored the paper: 'Novel Folding Methods for Deterministic Deployment of Common Space Structures.' Dr. Joseph Footdale presented two papers on his work developing a deployable reflector antenna with titles: 'System Design Study of a Deployable Reflector Antenna with Flexible Shell Segments' and 'Design and Deployment Testing of the Multi-Arm Radial Composite (MARCO) Reflector Antenna.'
December, 2015 MDA SBIR Phase I Awarded
Implementing multiple object payloads on a single boost vehicle is a force multiplier that has the potential to overcome countermeasure challenges. LoadPath was awarded a Phase I SBIR to develop the Multiple Object Deployment System (MODS), which is an advanced mechanism that will enable reliable Multi-Object Payload restraint and deployment. MODS provides a compact integrated design that supports varying quantities of kill vehicles per booster vehicle in order to address a wide range of operational scenarios, and its modular design allows easy implementation with a variety of missile defense boosters.
December, 2015 LoadPath Family Grows
LoadPath welcomes Emmett James Hengeveld born on December 3rd.
October, 2015 Adrienne Hubbard and Paxton Lammey join the LoadPath team.
Adrienne Hubbard and Paxton Lammey, students at the University of New Mexico, joined LoadPath as interns. They will be helping with several thermal efforts.
August, 2015 LoadPath attends Thermal & Fluids Analysis Workshop (TFAWS)
Derek Hengeveld from the Thermal Solutions team attended the Thermal & Fluids Analysis Workshop (TFAWS) in Washington D.C. The workshop provides a forum to understand the state-of-the-art research and development of aerospace thermal systems. LoadPath had discussions with representatives from prime organizations and technology developers.
August, 2015 Small Sat
It was another great experience at the 2015 Small Satellite Conference. The amount of colleagues, customers, and potential customers that visited our booth this year was very encouraging. Thank you all for stopping by and working with LoadPath!
July, 2015 Steven Lockyer joins the LoadPath team.
Steven Lockyer is the newest member to join the LoadPath engineering team. He is a recent graduate of the University of New Mexico with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Steven will be focusing on the development of novel spacecraft thermal management technologies such as oscillating heat pipes, active heat straps, and advanced thermal modeling techniques through application of computational thermal design, thermal design optimization, and experimental evaluation.
June, 2015 LoadPath was again selected as a "Flying 40" technology company.
For the second year in a row, LoadPath earned a place on the 2015 New Mexico Flying 40, an annual listing of the stateís fastest-growing technology firms based on revenue expansion in the past five years. The annual list of companies is selected by Technology Ventures Corporation to recognize the leading technology companies in New Mexico. This year, LoadPath was ranked 6th among companies with revenue under $10 million.
June, 2015 LoadPath expands to LAW
LoadPath moved! We have officially moved into our new space at 2309 Renard Place SE, Ste 101, Albuquerque, NM 87106. The multi-tenant office building provides needed collaborative, laboratory, and office workspace with many options for further expansion.
April, 2015 NASA SBIR Phase I Awarded
LoadPath was awarded NASA Phase I SBIR titled, "High heat flux Enhanced Acquisition and Transport system for Small spacecraft (HEATS)". HEATS is an innovative, passive, two-phase thermal transport system that will help realize small-spacecraft missions of tomorrow. Unlike state-of-the-art thermal transport systems (e.g. heat pipes and loop heat pipes), HEATS can mitigate higher heat loads and fluxes at lower cost and mass while adapting to a wider-range of heat source/sink configurations.
April, 2015 NASA SBIR Phase I Subcontract Awarded
LoadPath will provide support to i2C Solutions on a recently awarded NASA Ph I effort. LoadPath will provide thermal modeling and analysis services for this development effort.
April, 2015 LoadPath attends the CubeSat Developers' Workshop
The 12th annual CubeSat Developers' Workshop was held at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA. The workshop is relevant to several ongoing CubeSat development efforts within LoadPath including deployable antennas and booms, thermal control systems, dispensing technologies, and payload adapters. A full-size CubeStack was also on display at the MOOG CSA Engineering booth.
March, 2015 Derek Hengeveld published in Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer
Derek Hengeveld co-authored a paper for Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer entitled 'Microgravity performance of a structurally embedded oscillating heat pipe (OHP)'. The paper covered zero-gravity performance testing of a flat-plate OHP.
March, 2015 LoadPath attends the Spacecraft Thermal Control Workshop
Several of LoadPath's Thermal Solutions team attended the Spacecraft Thermal Control Workshop at the Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, CA. The workshop provides a forum to meet with those attempting to overcome current and future thermal challenges. LoadPath had discussions with representatives from prime organizations and technology developers.
March, 2015 LoadPath Welcomes a Baby!
The latest addition to the LoadPath family, Camille Stavast, was born on March 17, 2015.
March, 2015 Josh Calvert Joins the LoadPath Team
Josh Calvert comes to LoadPath with a variety of mechanical engineering experience. He has worked at numerous companies where he has been involved with many design and analysis programs, including computation fluid dynamics, composite design/analysis and production, and thermal control systems. Josh will be supporting a wide range of LoadPath's core competencies.
January, 2015 LoadPath attends AIAA SciTech Conference
A few LoadPath employees attended the AIAA SciTech conference in Orlando, Florida to stay actively engaged in the state-of-the-art research and development of aerospace structural systems. Joe Footdale and Sonny Jeon also supported the Spacecraft Structures Technical Committee, where they were recently approved for membership. LoadPath also supported the High-Strain Composites technical subcommittee meeting held during the conference.
December, 2014 Derek Hengeveld published in Aerospace America
Andy Williams (AFRL) and Derek Hengeveld (LoadPath) co-authored a paper for Aerospace America entitled 'Large- and small-scale developments in thermophysics'. It was published in the December 2014 edition.
December, 2014 Air Force SBIR Phase II Awarded
LoadPath has been awarded an Air Force SBIR Phase II contract titled, "Flexible and Enhanced Active Thermal Strap (FEATS) for Satellite Thermal Management." FEATS, a new thermal transport product, will be developed to mitigate component hot spots on satellites. It will provide thermal performance beyond that currently available using COTS thermal straps.
November, 2014 Jacob Moulton joins the LoadPath team
Jacob Moulton, an Aerospace Engineering student at New Mexico State University, joined LoadPath as an intern. He will be helping with several thermal efforts.
October, 2014 LoadPath Completes AS9100C Re-Certificaiton
LoadPath completed and passed a re-certification AS9100RevC audit extending certification until December, 2015. The audit was conducted by TUV Rheinland.
September, 2014 LoadPath Qualifies the EAGLE Primary Structure
LoadPath successfully conducted the protoflight static load testing for the ESPA Augmented Geostationary Laboratory Experiment (EAGLE) primary structure. The test included simultaneous load applicaiton of 17 hydraulic actuators configured in various loading scenarios to replicate worst-case launch loads.
September, 2014 Mike Wilson Joins LoadPath
Mike Wilson is the newest member to join the LoadPath engineering team. He is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.
August, 2014 SmallSat 2014
LoadPath's booth at SmallSat 2014 was a great success. As always, the conference had great attendance and was well organized. LoadPath would like to thank everyone that came by the booth to talk about future and ongoing collaboration. We are looking forward to seeing everyone in 2015.
July, 2014 U.S. Patent Awarded
Patent US 8,770,552 titled, "Deployable Space Boom Using Bi-Stable Tape Spring Mechanism," was awarded to LoadPath team members Dr. Sonny Jeon and Greg Sanford on 7/8/2014. The invention is a spacecraft deployment mechanism employing a pair of bi-stable tape springs attached to a cylinder such that rotation of the cylinder extends or retracts the tape springs in opposite directions. The tape springs are fabricated such that they are stable when wrapped around a cylinder (stowed configuration) or when deployed and have a higher energy state when stowed than when deployed. A plurality of bi-stable tape spring mechanisms may be combined to create a deployment device that does not impart rotational torques to the spacecraft during deployment. Deployment may be accomplished by release of the stored energy in the coiled or packaged state progressing to the lower energy deployed state.
June, 2014 LoadPath selected as a "Flying 40" technology company
LoadPath was named a 2014 Flying 40 award recipient. The annual list of companies is selected by Technology Ventures Corporation to recognize the leading technology companies in New Mexico.
May, 2014 LoadPath Presents at the 42nd Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium
Dr. Joseph Footdale presented work described in the paper titled “Mechanism Design and Testing of a Self-Deploying Structure Using Flexible Composite Tape Springs” at the 42nd Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium in Baltimore, Md.
May, 2014 ORS-4 Shipping Configuration Ships to Support Mission Transportation Pathfinder
LoadPath shipped the ORS-4 LEO-46 Rocket Motor shipping configuration hardware. The shipping configuration will support the ORS-4 Mission transportation pathfinder being held at Travis AFB in June 2014. Successful completion of the pathfinder will allow the project to move forward to the next phase: Launch integration support.
April, 2014 Deployable Boom Testing Completed
LoadPath completed testing in support of the Deployable Space Systems (DSS) dual-column, flexible blanket solar array known as the Roll Out Solar Arrays (ROSA). The testing included compressive, bending and combined loads on two flexible composite laminate slit-tube prototypes previously delivered to DSS by LoadPath. Test data provided critical data to DSS and demonstrated the capabilities and manufacturing processes of these unique slit-tubes.
March, 2014 Spacecraft Thermal Control Workshop
LoadPath attended the Spacecraft Thermal Control Workshop held at The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, CA.
March, 2014 NASA SBIR Phase 2 Awarded
LoadPath has been awarded a SBIR Phase II contract managed by NASA. It was one of 98 NASA SBIR Phase II proposals to be selected for negotiation. Entitled 'Quick Spacecraft Thermal Analysis Tool (QuickSTAT)', the proposed technology includes software capable of automatically creating reduced-order thermal models for a broad range of applications.
January, 2014 Fritz Laun Joins the LoadPath Team
Mr. Laun is the newest member of the LoadPath Engineering team. Fritz recently graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelors and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering.
December, 2013 www.quickanalysistools.com
LoadPath launched www.quickanalysistools.com to demonstrate the utility of their innovative thermal analysis approach. With this website, users can obtain accurate spacecraft thermal analysis results in near real time. LoadPath is currently refining this web-based tool under a Air Force Phase II effort.
November, 2013 CubeStack Launch
Two of LoadPath's CubeStacks facilitated the launch 29 free-flying satellites on the ORS-3 launch. The launch, a resounding success for the ORS office, set a record for the most free-flying satellites launched to date. The CubeStack, developed by LoadPath, was stacked two deep under the primary satellite, STPSat-3. Ultimately, the mission was a huge success, and CubeStack was an integral part of the entire mission.
October/November, 2013 LoadPath Welcomes Babies
LoadPath welcomes two additions to the LoadPath family - Owen William Hengeveld born on October 21st and Lydia Iris Footdale born on November 20th.
October, 2013 SNL Static Load Testing Completed
LoadPath successfully completed a static load test for Sandia National Laboratory on October 17, 2013. The test was conducted to provide insight into the STARS IV conic adapter joint compliance. Significant results from the tests provided insight into the response of the structure under various loading conditions.
October, 2013 U.S. Patent Awarded for Testing Flexible Composites
Patent 8,544,340 titled, "Device for Testing Thin Specimens in Pure Bending," was awarded to LoadPath Principal Engineer Greg Sanford on October 31, 2013. The invention is a test fixture used to evaluate thin composite laminates commonly used in aerospace deployable structures. Test results allow for direct calculation of a composite coupon flexural modulus and allowable flexural strain. These data are used to improve analytical moduls of advanced deployable structures.
October, 2013 AS9100 Surveillance Audit Completed
LoadPath completed and passed the second surveillance AS9100RevC audit since becoming certified in December, 2012. The audit was conducted by TUV Rheinland.
September, 2013 FEATS SBIR PHI awarded
LoadPath was awarded an Air Force Phase I SBIR titled, "Flexible and Enhanced Active Thermal Strap (FEATS) for Satellite Thermal Management. FEATS is an advanced thermally conductive path for on-orbit spacecraft that provides a reliable means of mitigating hot spots while reducing integration overhead. This technology utilizes solid-state active thermoelectric devices (TEDs) which provide required performance and high reliability.
September, 2013 Joy Stein Joins the LoadPath Team
Ms.Stein is the newest member of the LoadPath Engineering staff. She will serve as a senior engineer with primary responsibilities that align with her experience in systems engineering, analysis, and program.
August, 2013 SmallSat LoadPath Booth a Success
After enduring a shipping mishap, the LoadPath booth at the SmallSat conference was a success. Thank you to all that stopped by to discuss future teaming possibilities and to check out our hardware.
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