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Roccor introduces deployable system to reliably manage spacecraft end of life

(23 June 2018 - Roccor) Roccor announced today that it has introduced a deployable atmospheric drag deorbit device called ROC FALL to the marketplace, facilitating the reliable and predictable passive deorbit of spacecraft at end of life.

Because of the IADC 25-year deorbit lifetime recommendations, companies like Roccor are stepping in with practical and affordable solutions to the complex space debris problem that can often cause dire hazards in space.

Recently, a large defense contractor developing a 150kg class small satellite for launch on the STP2 Falcon Heavy launch came to Roccor to provide a baseline strategy to ensure deorbit within 25 years after the spacecraft’s end of life. Despite being given minimal payload volume, mass, development time, and budget with which to work, Roccor was able to develop a simple roll-out drag sail design to meet the requirements.

From a fresh sheet of paper, Roccor’s solution was qualified and ready for flight in six months (ahead of schedule).

“Given the hazard to all space users that uncontrolled orbital debris can pose, for example the recent Chinese Space Station that crashed to Earth, it is more important than ever to have systems in place upon launch that will ensure safe End of Life systems now and decades to come,” said Doug Campbell, president and CEO of Roccor.

Advantages of Roccor’s ROC FALL are:

  • Approval by regulating bodies for end-of-life management
  • Flexibility to meet a range of spacecraft masses, orbits, lifetimes, and geometries
  • Low mass and customizable footprint for minimum disruption to other spacecraft systems
  • Short lead time (6M initial qualification and delivery, faster, and build to print solutions)
  • Simple integration and interfaces
  • Ability for customers to select optimum configuration, balancing mission assurance, mass, volume, cost, etc.

About Roccor

Roccor was founded in 2011 and is based in Longmont, Colorado. It is a fast-growing, vibrant, high technology aerospace supplier in the aerospace, thermal management, and combat care industries. Roccor’s novel designs address cost and performance limitations to revolutionize spaceflight and military operations. The company has contracts with NASA, the U.S. military, and commercial space companies all around the world and have already delivered five spaceflight deployable systems for use on U.S. government orbital programs. By the end of 2018, Roccor will have flown more than a dozen systems on CubeSat and ESPA class satellites.