Industry Leading Space and Satellite Test Capabilities
Our 50-plus-year legacy of developing a sweeping portfolio of space flight and launch simulation technologies makes us capable of meeting the myriad needs of our government and private sector partners.
From basic engineering and evaluation services to large-scale project management, NTS is a leading provider of services and engineering solutions for Space and Satellite testing. NTS operates a national network of test laboratories and engineering centers, offering a vast array of technical capabilities to meet the needs of the commercial and governmental space industry. These laboratories are accredited by A2LA and NVLAP to ISO 17025 for a wide range of aerospace industry standards.
Our extensive range of Space and Satellite test capabilities include:
Astronautics and Propulsion Testing
NTS’ propulsion testing services include:
- Thrust stand and exhaust duct rocket testing with up to 50,000-lbf of thrust (8,000-lbf for side or asymmetric loads).
- Large Run Tanks and Pressure Vessels
- General component and subsystem assembly
- Cryogenic fuel storage and Vaporization Systems
- Gas Storage and Pressurization Flow Systems
- Propellant Run Tanks and Flow Systems
- Steam and Hot Water Flow Test Systems
- Quiet Technology Test Facility
Satellite Systems and Other Large-Scale Programs
As a recognized leader in satellite and space hardware testing, NTS has collaborated on nearly every major U.S. space project, and partnered with industry leaders like Boeing, SpaceX, UTC Aerospace Systems and Meggitt. Our specialized teams offer total support, such as:
- Research and development.
- Testing and systems evaluations.
- Services for a wide range of individual devices, components and systems used in satellites and other large-scale programs.
Precision Cleaning Services
To help prevent oxidation, particle buildup and other issues that can affect performance, NTS offers an extensive portfolio of services related to aerospace testing and maintenance, featuring:
- Commercial oxygen cleaning
- Ultra-high purity processing
- Leak testing
- Particle and residue analyses
We can also supply specialty packaging that helps manage risk while storing and transporting sensitive components.
Supplier Inspection and Verification Services
NTS manages the complex global supply chains operated by our Aerospace partners. Through random auditing, we can ensure your suppliers are meeting your standards for quality; helping you avoid recalls and reliability issues that eat into your profits and your reputation.
Aerospace-Specific Testing and Certifications
A core component of our business for more than 50 years, NTS dedicated facilities are certified to ISO/IEC 17025 standards by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). We offer turnkey compliance solutions for MIL-STD-810, RTCA DO-160 and MIL-STD-202 standards, and we can assist with pre-compliance management for the international market.
The above-listed Aerospace Service categories are just the beginning. NTS also renders many other customer-defined engineering projects, which cover a broad range of specialized services.
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Space Service Centers
One of NTS’ most diverse facilities, this laboratory performs of a wide array of testing in the Environmental, EMI/EMC, Mechanical, Material, Dynamic, and Product Safety test disciplines. It has extensive assets and an equipment base that has continued to grow over the past forty years. Equipment includes numerous climatic chambers, electrodynamic shakers which include a UD T4000 and a UD T2000, drop towers and a 28-foot centrifuge.
Fullerton engineers and technicians are recognized experts in the performance of a wide array of environmental simulations including Thermal Shock, HALT, Salt Fog, Explosive Atmosphere, Dust Seismic/Earthquake, Sine/Random Vibration, Solar Radiation, Rapid Decompression, Simulated Pyro Shock and Windmilling.
NTS LAX is a leading satellite technology test center and precision cleaning provider. LAX offers a suite of environmental and dynamic testing and expertise and is able to support both commercial and military test programs. NTS can custom engineer chambers and fixtures to conduct a complete range of space related phenomena for fuel cells, solar panels, composite antennas, batteries and various mechanical and electronic devices.
LAX provides extensive precision cleaning for Component parts, assemblies, piping, pressure vessels, heat exchangers and an array of other space hardware. Other processes include pickle and passivation, deoxidation, cryogenic testing, helium leak testing, pressure testing, vacuum bake out, and an incredible number of ancillary specialized services. NTS has successfully partnered with NASA on such projects as the CloudSat Cloud Profiling Radar Antenna Subsystem for Force Limited Vibration testing, a method which was chosen to protect the lightweight design of the unit. Testing was successfully conducted in one week, with data acquired in real-time enabling the report to be ready at the conclusion of the test.
NTS San Bernardino is a rocket and high flow, high pressure fluid test facility located at the San Bernardino International Airport. We provide a full complement of test services ranging from Valves, Pumps, Cryogenic components, Flow control devices, Manifolds, Airborne & Structural Noise Testing, Couplers and more. This site is staffed with experienced personnel, a superior performance record and an excellent safety record. The facility is designed in accordance with API and ASME power piping codes and all pressure vessels are ASME coded and commissioned for use in the state of California.
This unique laboratory was built in partnership with the Air Force Research Laboratory at Edwards Air Force Base who provided funding for NTS to build a new small scale Rocket test facility under the JRETS (Jet and Rocket Test Facility) contract. Under that contract, the former assets of Wyle’s Norco facility were combined with government assets formerly located at the Rocketdyne Santa Suzanna test facility to form a world class fluids test center. NTS is currently supporting research and development on new supercritical CO2 combustion cycles as well as multiple Space Launch System programs.
NTS Santa Clarita is one of the largest test facilities in the U.S., covering over 150 acres. Major test equipment include a 50-foot diameter centrifuge with over 200 slip ring channels, a 5000 cubic foot acoustic chamber and a 1500 cubic foot space simulation chamber. Vibration test facilities feature more than a dozen electrodynamic and hydraulic shaker systems with ratings of up to 70,000 force pounds. Climatic and Space Simulation provides for demanding test requirements with combined environments of temperature, altitude and humidity from -70°F to +350°F in chambers up to 28’ x 16’ x 15’. We provide pressure, temperature and flow capabilities to meet extreme testing environments with gas and liquids.
NTS Santa Clarita has supported NASA and other organizations on major programs including LADEE (shown below), Space Shuttle, MX Peacekeeper, THAAD, International Space Station, EELV and Mars Rover with services such as launch-level acoustics, climatic, environmental, space simulation, hazardous vibration and acceleration.
NTS Huntsville, formerly Wyle Laboratories, is a 93 acre, 163,000 sq. ft. facility located, founded in 1962 to support the emerging Marshall Space Flight Center as it developed the Saturn Booster Program. Today the facility provides testing and engineering support services as well as the design of specialized test equipment and facilities. It also contains a “Hot Shop”/Radioactive Material License, world class high-flow steam and water capabilities and on-site engineering and failure analysis.
NTS Huntsville has provided extensive support to NASA, including flight qualifications testing on the Saturn 1B instrument unit and other extensive testing on the Saturn/Apollo programs. In 1985, as Wyle, the Huntsville team design, developed and activated a firing stand for Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster “Short Stack” for SRB O-Ring Design Requalification program.
In addition to these space testing centers, NTS has facilities in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Florida, Illinois, Texas, Arizona, Michigan, Maryland, Indiana, Arkansas, Kansas and Virginia, which are ready to provide a variety of environmental and dynamic simulations and analysis to help ensure the safety and security of space and satellite programs.