KinetX Aerospace has an impressive record for delivering innovative solutions, on-time, and within budget.
Sometimes, we are faced with unique challenges and have to look beyond the standard processes for
solutions. One such situation occurred while supporting the IRIDIUM satellite communications
program. As part of the test program, the Ground System Antennas were required to be tested from
space. However, the LEO-X launch vehicle blew up on lift-off, destroying any chance of testing the
antennas from space.
Leveraging our experience and creativity, KinetX Aerospace identified a suitable solution by putting an IRIDIUM
antenna and associated equipment on a Grumman Tiger small airplane. KinetX Aerospace created an aircraft flight
path that simulated the satellite track. We also rapidly developed multi-threaded software and a
heads-up display to assist the pilots with flying the difficult path. After resolving substantive
regulatory issues, we successfully conducted the flight tests using differential GPS in real-time to fly the
simulated satellite track. The entire project was completed in less than a year and uncovered a number
of problems with ground antenna locations and pointing, critical to the programs success.
The KinetX Aerospace Team:
- Identified a Suitable Solution By Putting IRIDIUM Antenna and Equipment in Grumman Tiger
- Invented a Flight Path Matching Satellite Motion
- Worked Substantive Regulatory Issues
- Developed a Heads-Up Display to Assist Pilots in Flying Difficult Path
- Used Differential GPS in Real-Time to Fly Path
- Multi-Threaded Software Developed in Short Time
- Start to Finish: Less Than One Year, Including Tests
- Uncovered a Number of Problems With Ground Antenna Locations and Pointing
Another example of our responsiveness occurred when SpaceDev needed a study completed within one month
to determine the feasibility of communicating to satellites via IRIDIUM. The KinetX Aerospace Team used
existing in-house tools and developed additional new tools to identify the types of messaging that could
be used and the associated issues with each.
We also suggested alternative approaches to SpaceDev that provided a more comprehensive solution to
their problem. All of this work, including an operational check-out, was successfully completed
within the one-month timeline.
The KinetX Aerospace Team:
- Used Existing In-House Tools as Well as Developed Necessary Tools and and Met the Required
- Identified Types of Messaging That Could Be Used As Well As the Issues With Each
- Suggested Alternative Approaches to SpaceDev That Would Provide a More Comprehensive Solution
- Operational Check-Out and Operations