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PSC Offering Free Workshops at Small Satellite Conference

PSC will be holding free Canisterized Satellite Dispenser (CSD) and Motorized Lightband (MLB) workshops to improve understanding of separation system best practices. If you or your organization has used a CSD or MLB, are currently using a CSD or MLB, or would like to know more about them this workshop will be invaluable. The workshop [...]

2016-07-27T20:51:29+00:00July 27th, 2016|

PSC to Hold Free Workshops at Upcoming Trade Shows

PSC will be holding a free Canisterized Satellite Dispenser (CSD) workshop to enhance engineers' understanding of cubesat separation system best practices. The workshop will be taught by Walter Holemans, PSC's Chief Engineer. Topics will include: 1. Avoiding common mistakes in cubesat design, build, and test 2. Using CSD-specific features to reduce mission cost and risk [...]

2016-04-14T21:17:06+00:00April 14th, 2016|

PSC Improves Hardware Inspection via Automation

Flight hardware inspection consumes a significant amount of time and resources. As PSC sales continue to increase, the quantity of parts to inspect naturally rises. In order to improve inspection efficiency while not sacrificing quality, PSC turned to a common solution: automation. A new image dimensional measurement tool has been procured and the inspection process [...]

2016-03-11T23:53:18+00:00March 11th, 2016|

PSC invests in Data Acquisition upgrades

PSC is upgrading our internal data acquisition (DAQ) system used for all hardware and testing. Lessons learned from years of operating, fixing, and upgrading the current system resulted in a robust and capable design that will see significant improvement across all use cases. PSC’s lead engineer on the program, Floyd Azure, answered a few questions. 1) Why is [...]

2015-10-02T22:56:55+00:00October 2nd, 2015|

PSC Bolsters Product Line

PSC has been awarded a contract for a 24 inch diameter Motorized Lightband (MLB). This diameter Lightband is compatible with the "ESPA Grande" Secondary Payload Adapter ring. PSC has offered the 24 inch diameter model since qualification in 2009, and this is the first one to be sold. This sale augments the range of 13 [...]

2015-06-09T19:34:08+00:00June 9th, 2015|

PSC completes assembly of bulk order

PSC completed assembly of a first lot of six Lightbands for a commercial customer.  We assembled the units on an accelerated schedule. Next comes full acceptance testing of all Lightbands: strength, vibration, thermal vacuum and separation reliability.  We’ll complete about twenty Lightband separations on each unit in the extremes of environmental testing before the customer [...]

2015-02-24T23:42:10+00:00February 24th, 2015|

Record Year for PSC in 2014

PSC had a record year in 2014 delivering 8 Lightbands and 4 Canisterized Satellite Dispensers (CSDs).  These numbers represent a 100% increase in deliveries over 2013 for both Lightbands and CSDs.  Additionally, PSC received and refurbished one Lightband before delivering it back to the customer in 2014.  All of these products were sold to a wide array of [...]

2014-12-04T21:57:05+00:00December 4th, 2014|

PSC Successfully Deploys Proba-V Payload on ESA Vega Rocket

In early 2013 PSC delivered a fully-tested 15 inch MkII Motorized Lightband to ESA for use on the new VEGA rocket. The Lightband successfully separated the Proba-V payload from the rocket on 7 May 2013. This international collaboration expands PSC’s ability to deliver hardware directly to foreign customers.

2019-01-24T03:24:50+00:00July 29th, 2014|

PSC Prepares for Falcon 9 Launch Integration of 3U Canisterized Satellite Dispenser

PSC will support launch integration of a 3U CSD that will deploy the POPACS cubesat. The satellite consists of three spheres restrained in four aluminum spacers, preloaded within the CSD during launch. Upon deployment from the CSD the POPACS components will immediately separate from each other. The mission of POPACS is to measure the changes in density of the auroral zone upper atmosphere [...]

2014-07-29T16:44:24+00:00July 29th, 2014|

Canisterized Satellite Dispenser a Top Pick According to Industry Leaders

Prospective customers have performed cubesat launch vehicle trade studies with promising results for CSD. “We believe the CSD will be a significant improvement over the PPOD and will plan to use it when we can.” -Dr. Benjamin K. Malphrus Chair, Department of Earth and Space Sciences Space Science Center Morehead State University

2014-07-29T16:40:18+00:00July 29th, 2014|