Satellite Testing

Experior Laboratories specializes in creating high-performing and demanding random and direct-field acoustic vibration, Pyroshock, thermal vacuum and accelerated life fast-ramp temperature tests associated with rocket launches and landings, stage separation events, payload deployments and in-orbit satellite and spacecraft operations. All these capabilities are performed in an ISO 8 / Class 100,000 cleanroom environment. Experior Labs has the capabilities and expertise to tackle any size test article and payload, ranging from components to sub-systems to large and heavy full size space craft, satellite, rocket engine, reflector, etc., in our 11,000 square foot dynamics testing facility that offers a 33 foot ceiling height and a 15 ton crane for easy installation and maneuvering of the test article.

As one of the leading independent test laboratories in North America, Experior Labs is recognized for its superior customer service, consistent on-time delivery, project management by experts and end-to-end accountability.

Test Standards:

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Sine Vibration

• Sine Dwell (fixed freq)
• Resonant Dwell (phase tracked)
• Sine Burst
• Windmilling

Mixed Vibration

• Sine-on-Random (fixed sine tones or swept)
• Gunfire
• Random-on-Random
• Sine-on-Sine

Pyroshock

Pyroshock testing simulates the high G, high-frequency shock environment associated with pyrotechnic events, such as rocket stage separations. These are sometimes called “SRS Shock” tests, as they are specified with a Shock Response Spectrum (SRS) profile. This profile is a representation of the maximum predicted acceleration of a system across a range of assumed natural frequencies.

Experior Laboratories’ Kinetic Impact Pyroshock Simulation (KIPS) test systems are able to simulate near and midfield Pyroshock, experienced by components closest to a pyrotechnic event, using a high-speed impact to excite a tunable resonant beam. Adjusting the impact force, location and damping, this platform allows for highly customizable shock generation and the pneumatic systems allow for quick setup and reset.

Adjustable resonance allows boosting acceleration in only the desired frequency range. For shocks with a specified Te (event duration), adjustable muzzle velocity, impact mass, and custom damping materials allow us to customize shock duration while meeting acceleration requirements.

The KIPS test systems offer short transients, narrow differences between positive and negative SRS traces, and a uniform shock input that allows for near-equal measurements at multiple fixture mounting points.

Experior Labs has designed a wide variety of custom shock platforms and fixtures, and we’ve used frequency analysis software to identify mode shapes and resonant frequencies, which lets us prevent cross-axis acceleration and ensure that units are not over-tested.

Shaker Shock

Experior Laboratories performs SRS Shock testing with levels up to 5000 G on the T2000 Shakers, making Experior Labs the industry leader in SRS Shaker Shock. Most test labs cannot offer Shaker Shock testing above 500 – 1,000 G SRS due to risk of shaker armature damage.

Thermal Vacuum

Experior Laboratories’ vacuum test chambers are designed to meet the harsh requirements of space conditions. Experior Labs is capable of simulated space along with repeated cycling between high and low temperature extremes – all while providing test data to better assess likely flight mission performance and function.

Fast Ramp Temperature Testing

Experior Laboratories has several accelerated thermal chambers with high-flow blower motors and liquid nitrogen boost designed to transition temperature as quickly as possible, and are ideal for tests with demanding ramp rates.

Cryogenic
Temperature Testing

Experior Laboratories test facility can simulate extreme low cryogenic temperatures for aerospace, fiberoptic and electrical applications. Our cryogenic chambers have liquid nitrogen and liquid helium tanks piped in for rapid chilling and freezing temperatures.

Many space components require Cryogenics Testing for parts and instruments exposed to the extreme temperatures in rockets and orbit.

Direct-Field Acoustic Testing DFAT

Experior Laboratories, Inc and MSI-DFAT System partnered with the mutual goal of offering the most comprehensive overall service portfolio and generating substantial impact for strategic proposals. This partnership promises to provide a superior client experience to our customers within the Military, Aerospace and Space industries

Press Release – DFAT Testing at Experior Labs

Cleanroom Capacity

TOP PHOTO:
ISO 5 compliant Class 100 Laminar Flow Bench

Sensitive component assembly and verification work area

MIDDLE PHOTO:
11,000 square foot dynamics and
ISO 8 compliant Class 100,000 cleanroom facility

BOTTOM PHOTO:
ISO 8 compliant Class 100,000 portable cleanroom
Turning every work area into a clean work area

2021 Cubesat Developers Workshop

Space Hardware Testing Presentation

2019 Space Tech Presentation

Propulsion Component Qualification and Acceptance Testing

2018 Space Tech Presentation

High G Vibration and Shock Capabilities for Space Applications

High G Vibration

High G Testing at 145 G testing of connector and shell.
ORION spacecraft connector and back shell assembly provided by HiRel Connectors and Kern Engineering

Shock Testing Slow Motion

Vibration & Shock Testing Expertise

Andy Shiang, Ph.D.

Engineering Manager

As the Engineering Manager, Dr. Andy Shiang will be responsible for leading engineering efforts to support the growing product qualification and testing business sectors.

Dr. Shiang brings over twenty years of specialized expertise in structural analysis, dynamics, and aerospace engineering. His most recent position has been at Aerojet Rocketdyne, where he worked on several large engine programs, laser and electro-optics, Kinetic Energy Weapons, energy systems, as well as the Commercial Crew Program. Dr. Shiang earned a BSME from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, as well as an MSME & PhD from Lehigh University.

Grace Beech

Grace Beech is one of the project engineers at Experior Laboratories, primarily focused in Dynamics.  She is responsible for most of the vibration testing and shock testing performed at Experior Labs.  Grace manages various aspects of the vibration testing lab, including fixture design and evaluation, program management, vibration testing capability evaluation, shaker troubleshooting and maintenance, and scheduling.

Grace joined Experior Laboratories in 2014.  She brought with her prior engineering experience from her work with Zodiac Aerospace’s business class seating segment, and also from her time as a manufacturing engineer in the vibration testing department at TriSep Corporation.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

gbeech@experiorlabs.com

Gerrit Lane

Gerrit Lane joined the Experior Laboratories engineering team in 2015 and has since overseen the successful completion of over 150 environmental test programs. Specializing in dynamics testing and applications, Gerrit has led the design of Experior Laboratories’ pyroshock simulation test system (KIPS), and has designed several custom suites of standard fixtures for vibration testing and shock testing applications.

Gerrit holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.

glane@experiorlabs.com

Kevin Sullivan

Kevin comes to Experior Laboratories with over thirty years’ experience in dynamic testing applications. During his career at Aerojet Rocketdyne he specialized in combined test environments including cryogenically conditioned and pressurized test articles associated with rocket engine components, and supported programs as diverse as the Space Shuttle, International Space Station, expendable rocket propulsion systems, and kinetic energy defense programs. Kevin holds a BSEE from the University of Wyoming.

ksullivan@experiorlabs.com

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