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Deployment Trajectory Test

At Austin Reliability Labs (ARL), we are proud to have the facilities, equipment and knowledge that allow us to perform a wide range of reliability testing to meet established benchmarks in a variety of industries. We work closely with our clients to determine the tests that best fit the product, and document a testing road map that is appropriate, useful and comprehensive. We also recognize the specific needs of our clients and draw upon our test experience to design unique solutions that address client concerns.

One of our recent clients required multiple test sequences of their satellite separation system for compliance purposes. This satellite separation system is created for specific mission requirements and consists of two different portions – one that remains attached to the satellite after separation and one that stays behind on the deployer. ARL was able to provide both mechanical and environmental testing by subjecting the satellite separation system to vibration and temperature tests. Random vibration levels were tested in order to prove compliance to International Space Station requirements and temperature testing was performed to verify the deployment and functionality of the satellite separation system at low and high temperatures.

While mechanical and environmental testing are relatively standard during product development, our client also wanted to measure deployment trajectory for mission assurance. ARL was able to design a customized deployment trajectory test using a high-speed video camera to capture various angles of release. The high-speed video was captured in two mutually perpendicular axes, which was then analyzed using motion capture software at a frame-by-frame rate of 1,500 frames per second in order to determine velocity, pitch and yaw.

This client’s out-of-the-box testing needs were a unique challenge for our team and an exciting opportunity to develop custom tests and employ high-speed video. We are proud to offer all our clients a partnership in which we achieve our goals together.

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About ARL

Recognized as one of the top product reliability labs in the country with a unique balance of testing, consulting and on-site staffing services, Austin Reliability Labs (ARL) is a place where we recognize the hard work and passion that goes into the design and development of your product and want to find any problems in an effort to perfect it. We also understand a reputation is something that builds over time, so we focus on establishing long-term partnerships with each of our clients. With that in mind, we not only specialize in writing and developing all of the tests that we perform, but, unlike other labs, we provide pass / fail reports on all of our tests and decipher the results for you in order to maximize your product’s success. In addition to our on-site staffing and consulting services, ARL’s full array of reliability testing services include: HALT / HASS, Battery Life Tests, Qualification Tests, Environmental Tests, Mechanical Tests, Additive Manufacturing Tests and Custom Tests.

We believe quality is infused by finding every flaw in a product and methodically removing each one until the product shines. As a result, only a thorough, comprehensive reliability test program, as provided by ARL, will allow a product to emerge that will earn or maintain an unsullied and clean brand reputation.