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62.5″ Rideshare Adapters

62.5″ Rideshare Adapters

 Cost-Effective Space Access 

 Responsive and Affordable Access to Space for Small Payloads 

The 62.5” rideshare adapter is a “Mid Class” RideShare Adapter (RSA) developed by Design_Net Engineering under contract from NASA Ames and in partnership with InStar Engineering. Weighing only 230 lbs yet with first modes above 30Hz, it allows for cost effective, rapid integration rideshare for science, technology, defense and education payloads. This versatile, extensible structure has standard interfaces that accept 15” and 38” light bands as well as extensions for 3u, 6u and 12u deployers. When paired with the Multiple Interface Payload Subsystem (MIPS) family of electronics it enables standalone integration and control of rideshare payloads. The system enables multi payload manifesting with an interface to the launch vehicle (LV) that appears as a single primary.

The structure has been qualified for loads that envelope Falcon 9 and Minotaur IV launch vehicles. A number of possible configurations can be flown, the two illustrated here have been analyzed to a 1.4 ultimate for tested modes, and 2.0 ultimate for non tested modes. Available with short turn-around for near term missions the adapter allows cost sharing between “nanosat” class payloads and larger tactical mission payloads.

 Configuration 1 
116-lb NanoSat-Class P/L 3 total
50-lb Auxiliary P/L (12 U size) 6 total
15” Motorized Lightband (MLB) qty 3
Electronics Box (MIPS)
Electrical harness and misc. brackets
Estimated weight: 961 lbs.

 

 Configuration 2 
827-lb ORS Class Payload (Primary)
50-lb Auxiliary P/L (12 U size) 6 total
38.81” Motorized Lightband (MLB) qty 3
Electronics Box (MIPS)
Electrical harness and misc. brackets
Estimated weight: 1,448 lbs.