Teledyne Brown Provides Critical Roll Control System for Ares I-X
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (October 28, 2009)ó Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc. (TBE) announced that two Roll Control System Modules (RoCSM) built by the company and installed by NASA in the Ares I-X will be used for the rocketís flight test after its expected launch from Kennedy Space Center today.
The Roll Control System will be fired by the on-board avionics system to complete the 90 degree roll maneuver of the Ares I-X vehicle shortly after it clears the pad. The system will them be commanded to fire pulses as required to maintain the roll of the vehicle until Upper Stage and 1st stage Separation.
"The Roll Control System is representative of the innovative solutions we offer our customers," said Rex D. Geveden, president, Teledyne Brown Engineering. "Our ability to develop complex systems in a timely and cost effective manner is a competitive differentiator for Teledyne Brown."
The RoCSM, developed under contract to Marshall Space Flight Center, consists of two modules and four thrusters. One module is located on each side of the Upper Stage Simulator. The thrusters and other components were harvested from decommissioned Peacekeeper Missiles. Use of the Peacekeeper components significantly reduced the development time and helped keep the project within budget.
The Roll Control Modules will splash down into the Atlantic Ocean with the Upper Stage and will not be recovered.
About Teledyne Brown Engineering
Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated. The company provides full engineering lifecycle solutions to the Department of Defense, NASA, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Defense and commercial companies. Teledyne Brown's one-stop engineering and fabrication capabilities include expertise in systems engineering, system integration, technology development, hardware design, prototype development, system test and evaluation, advanced manufacturing, logistics services, operations and maintenance. The company is headquartered in the nation's second largest research park in Huntsville, AL. More information about Teledyne Brown Engineering may be found at www.tbe.com.
About Teledyne Technologies Incorporated
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