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Roccor Finalizes HSC Agreement with Air Force Research Laboratory

By | April 12, 2017
      Roccor stem arm. Photo: Roccor.

      Roccor stem arm. Photo: Roccor.

      Roccor announced it has finalized an agreement with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Space Vehicles Directorate to license patents of High Strain Component (HSC) technology. The patents will enable Roccor to build a large number of Solar Array Development Systems (SADS) to support mega-constellations.

      Roccor recently expanded its facility in Longmont, which allows for high volume production of the company’s HSC boom product. The HSC boom uses AFRL’s HSC technology controlling the release mechanism and kinematic mounts while in space. These mechanisms support Roccor’s SADS, enable seamless deployment of solar arrays and allow electrical energy generation to power the constellation via the solar panels. This mass production of SADS serves as the foundation for large constellation support. Roccor also leverages the HSC technology for a number of other customer applications including deployable hinges and antenna systems for other commercial and military customers.

      Roccor’s work with AFRL represents a technology transfer agreement to share government-developed engineering related to design or manufacturing activities with external, non-Department of Defense (DoD) partners. The Air Force Technology Transfer (T2) Program was created to ensure Air Force science and engineering activities are transferred or intentionally shared with state and local governments, academia and industry.