2011 News Archive
The following news items contain information believed to be accurate at the publication date listed, but may have been superseded by subsequent events. They are not reviewed or updated after being posted.
AASC was proud to be certified to AS9100 Rev C in April 2011. AASC is only 1 of 90 facilities (approx. 40 companies) worldwide to have received the Rev C certification. After aquiring the Rev C certificate, the AS9100 6 month assessment was conducted on November 3, 2011. This audit was a complete success with ZERO findings.
AASC successfully completed static load testing of the Intelsat IS-27 Bus and Payload Modules in August. At the Building 6 test cage at AASC, the 702MP Bus Module satisfied the Intelsat programs test criteria for acceptance.
The test consisted of four load cases, with as many as 20 individual loads being applied to the structure during each load case. The Bus Module was within the specified dimensional tolerances during testing.
AASC manufactures six composite structures for the Antares Launch Vehicle. This consists of Payload Fairings, Fairing Adapter, Motor Adapter, Interstage, Payload Adapter, and an Avionics Cylinder.
AASC will fabricate all components in our state-of-the-art, 271,000 square foot, Stockton facility.
NASA's Dawn spacecraft becomes the first probe ever to enter orbit around an object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. AASC designed the High Gain Antenna, fabricated the structure, integrated and aligned the RF feed and polarizer, and performed environmental testing, thermal cycling, structural and thermal analysis, and sine and random vibration and acoustics. The satellite will stop weekly and aim the High Gain Antenna towards Earth for communications and to conduct engineering activities.
The GPS IIF-2 launched sucessfully from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The first on-orbit signals are now being received. Controllers confirmed initial contact with the spacecraft at a ground station on Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. GPS signals from the spacecraft payload will be turned on for test purposes.
NASA declared the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) a complete success! The LRO changed our view of the entire moon and brought it into sharper focus with unprecedented detail.
AASC designed the High Gain Antenna, performed structural and thermal analysis, fabricated the structure, integrated and aligned the RF feed and polarizer, and performed environmental testing including thermal cycling, sine and random vibration and acoustics. The High Gain Antenna utilizes the same basic sub set of materials and construction techniques which have also been used on more than 100 other reflectors fabricated by AASC. The antenna met all performance requirements.
AASC received an Award from Boeing Satellite for the successful delivery of the Bus & Payload Structural Panels & Assemblies for the first 702MP Spacecraft, Intelsat IS-22
AASC is now certified to AS9100 Rev C. The AS9100 audit was conducted on April 26th to April 29th. The audit for Revision C was very successful.
- Adds Risk Management
- Adds Program Management
- Recertified to Non-Destruct Testing
- Recertified to Chemical Processing
- Certified to Composites