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Sunshade

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Product Description

Larger, optical payload with a small footprint

Building on other deployables expertise, MMA developed an innovative sunshade that fits a larger optical payload in a smaller fairing than currently possible. The sunshade accommodates the S/C and fairing geometries better than other state-of-the-art systems which utilize non-deployable shade/baffle structures. Further cost savings are realized because these can be developed rapidly. This new technology reduces system costs while maintaining mission utility, flexibility and capability.

Key characteristics of MMA’s Sunshade are:

  • Internal fiberglass rod
  • Coiled spring tensioning
  • Pantographically deployed column
  • Stowed system envelope within Minotaur IV payload volume
  • Two-layer sunshade system preventing stray light
  • Baffle stowage