3 – Generic Clamping System Design (Hold Down Clamps)
Name of the system:
Generic Clamping System Design (Hold Down Clamps)
Lead entity within the SAMMBA consortium:
MT Aerospace (reach out to us here)
Attachment point within the process chain of the Spaceport operator:
The system responsible for clamping the microlauncher for transport and launch purposes
Major benefit within the process chain:
A generic clamping system allows for an increase in compatibility with multiple launchers and thus removes the need for launcher-specific mechanisms.
Anticipated R&D vector for the near/mid/long-term:
The near-term anticipated efforts include the implementation of the system as a used industry standard. In the medium term, the system could be updated and scaled to hold down larger launch vehicles.
Modularity granted with the following standards:
The Generic Clamping System doesn’t require special modifications and can be used at any spaceport.
Interoperability granted with the following standards:
To ensure interoperability, standards covering the launcher, erection/retraction system, and selected sensors (for launch: clamping needs to “open”) are needed.
Launcher, Launch base, AGV, mechanical structures< Go back to the diagram