LoadPath specializes in the design, analysis, fabrication, and testing of advanced deployable structural systems to satisfy a wide range of applications and precision levels, and varying in size from CubeSat booms to large antenna systems. We also design, fabricate, and supply flexible composite strain energy components for integration into customer architectures. We can provide solutions for deployable structure architectures, from requirement derivation to flight hardware delivery.
Design and Analysis of Innovative Deployable Systems
Antennas, reflectors, booms, solar arrays
Nonlinear FEA to predict deployment and deployed performance
Flexible Composite Components and Mechanisms
Tape spring booms and hinges
Slit tube rollable booms
CubeSat Boom and Antenna Systems
Gravity gradient booms
Deployable Structure Testing
Gravity offload system design
Component to system-level testing
CAD design tools and finite element modeling used to develop a support structure for a tensioned membrane optic using rollable tape spring booms. The self-deploying structure designed for a CubeSat application has a 36:1 volume compaction ratio.