The Mark II Motorized Lightband (MLB) is a space vehicle separation system. It is used to separate space vehicles from launch vehicles and to separate elements of launch vehicles. The Lightband is offered in a range of sizes from 8 to 38 inch bolt circle diameter.
The MLB is made of aluminum alloys. The lower ring has hinged leaves, springs, and a dual redundant release motor. The upper ring has a load-bearing hinge interface. The MLB can support payloads from 50-1200 lb, and has been in production for several years. The MLB has extensive flight heritage.
The Lightband is a patented, Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) technology. It is made with materials and methods consistent with high-reliability and Class-A space flight hardware.
See PSC Document 2000785 User’s Manual for Mark II Lightband for more information.