Roccor is developing a family of elegant deployable structures that reduce space asset cost by integrating high strain composite materials into low-part-count and high-performance-per-weight designs.
Gaining penetration into the emerging “new space” markets demands technologies that break “old space” price paradigms while maintaining “old space” quality and performance standards.
Our ROC (Roll Out Composite) Booms are cost-effective furlable composite boom products that deploy antennas and instruments from small satellites enabling a new generation of satellite constellations to provide ubiquitous science measurements and communications from space.
ROC Booms achieve this through a simple, low-cost, highly stable composite construction utilizing strong yet flexible thin-gage carbon-fiber composite shells that can be rolled onto a spool for packaging and un-rolled on-orbit for deployment.
ROC Booms from 1m to 5m in length have been delivered to our customers for applications including deployable/retractable camera systems, deployable antennas, and instrument booms.
Some nanosatellite designers want to deploy extremely large systems from very small volumes, and yet demand simple low-cost designs. For these applications, ROC Booms may be too limiting.
With up to 10 times greater deployed bending stiffness than traditional ROC Booms the TRAC (Triangular Rollable And Collapsible) Boom was originally developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory, and is now exclusively available from Roccor for applications demanding this unique combination of compact stowage and deployed strength.
Metallic TRAC Booms were originally flown on NASA’s Nanosail-D2 mission in 2010, and Roccor is currently developing very long lightweight composite versions for applications including solar sails, dipole antennas, and deployable tethers.
Sharing many of the same desirable features as our ROC Booms, TRAC Booms offer design flexibility to better meet the wide-range of needs emerging for low-cost, high-performance boom systems.
Solar Array Deployment Systems
The emergent nanosatellite constellation market is demanding low-cost 100W to 500W deployable solar arrays that can meet aggressive price points and production rates of hundreds of shipsets per year.
To address the problem, Roccor is teaming with low-cost PV cell providers to adapt our high-strain composite booms into innovative solar array deployment system designs. These high-strain composite structures can yield very stiff, stable, yet lightweight and compactly packaged solar array designs – critical for achieving low part-count and low-cost system design goals that are essential to our customers.
“The heart of Roccor is our world-class team and their innovative products that consistently exceed our customers’ expectations.”
President & CEO, Roccor