Design & Analysis

Space Vector has over 40 years of experience in launch vehicle design and missile guidance and control (G&C).

Control System Analysis and Design

  • Design - Given a vehicle system to control we can develop a model and feedback control system to optimize performance based on design goals.
  • Implementation - Using the most modern tools we can implement the control electronics using hardware (CPLD, FPGM) or software (mP, DSP) implementations based on design goals.
  • Independent Review - Space Vector can provide an independent review of an existing or proposed control system design including a comprehensive report identifying strengths and weaknesses of the design along with suggestions for improvement.

Mission Analysis and Planning

  • Comprehensive database of booster and vehicle performance parameters
  • 6 DOF trajectory simulation tools that include vehicle bending modes
  • Wind loading profiles and Monte Carlo dispersion predictions
  • Visualization aids like STK and Truespace
  • Trajectory shaping to optimize mission parameters (i.e. look times, line of sight, etc.)
  • Multibody and complex geometry engagement analysis techniques
  • Aerodynamic predictions (Missile Datcom, AP98, CFD)
  • Load Development and Environmental Predictions

Vehicle Design

  • 3D Solid Modeling (SolidWorks)
  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
  • Thermal Analysis and Protection Systems
  • Mass Properties Generation

Electrical System Development

  • Electrical Interfaces and Cabling
  • Thrust Vector Control Interface Simulation
  • Ordnance Safe and Arm Design
    • Transmitter Sizing
    • Antenna Selection
    • Signal Conditioning
  • Power Distribution and Switching
  • Communications
    • Ground Terminals
    • Vehicle and Payload Subsystems
  • Attitude Control System Thruster Interface
  • Separation Ordnance Control

Software Development

  • Embedded Flight Code Generation
  • Mission Timeline Implementation
  • Software V&V with HWIL