Quartus spacecraft experience spans the full cycle including: early system development trades; optimization and detailed design; performance predictions; detailed production drawings; testing; and, launch and on-orbit support.


Support for a Broad Range of Spacecraft Missions

  • Commercial, NASA, and defense spacecraft

  • Launch, LEO, GEO, specialty cislunar, and translunar environments

  • Imaging, communications, human space systems, space servicing, exploration, and science.


Extensive Experience in Design, Analysis, and Testing

  • Composite design and analysis

  • Structural dynamics and coupled loads analysis (CLA)

  • On-orbit thermal analysis and test

  • Structural, thermal, optical performance (STOP) predictions

  • Mechanism simulation, prototype, and test

  • Static, modal, sine, random, acoustic, shock analysis, test, and correlation


Experience with a Wide Range of Spacecraft Subsystems

  • Composite and metallic structures

  • Reflectors and solar arrays

  • Mechanisms and docking systems

  • Optical systems and payloads

  • Radiators and thermal shields

  • Tanks and propellant management devices


Quartus performed an independent finite element model correlation of the European Service Module (ESM) Structural Test Article (E-STA) for NASA’s Engineering and Safety Center (NESC)

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James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)

The James Webb Space Telescope will be the largest and most complex telescope ever launched into space. Quartus has been supporting the JWST for over 16 years in a variety of engineering disciplines including:

  • Model generation, integration, and checkout

  • Model reduction (DMIGs, Superelements, etc.)

  • Stress, dynamics, and thermal distortion analysis

  • Full observatory stowed sine-vibe and notching analysis

  • On-orbit deployed jitter analysis

  • Modal pre-test analysis for accelerometer placement

  • Modal & SV post-test model updating/test correlation

  • Nonlinear deployment simulations

Quartus performed pretest analysis and model correlation on the JWST Spacecraft Element (SCE) configuration