UK’s National Satellite Test Facility (NSTF) has chosen Acoustic Research Systems (ARS) to provide a full-scale Direct Field Acoustic Testing (DFAT) solution. ARS, a player in DFAT solutions, has been awarded the contract, which highlights its position as a frontrunner in the DFAT domain and marks a significant moment in the company’s expansion. This is especially notable as ARS’ first international subsidiary, Acoustic Research Systems (Europe) GmbH, was established less than a year ago.
The NSTF, located at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) site in Oxfordshire and operated by RAL Space, plays a crucial role in space exploration. It requires advanced acoustic testing systems to evaluate spacecraft and their sub-assemblies, which can weigh up to 7000kg.
These evaluations are essential to ensure that the spacecraft meet the rigorous conditions necessary for successful launches. The ARS acoustic testing system is specifically designed to subject aerospace components to the environmental stress levels produced by various launch systems. This helps confirm their readiness for real launch conditions and successful deployment.
RAL’s decision to partner with ARS was influenced by the company’s ability to provide a comprehensive and flexible system configuration. The system not only meets current needs but is also scalable to meet future requirements. There is potential for control upgrades to incorporate more flight representative test methods. The selection of ARS for this cutting-edge technology further solidifies the company’s reputation for excellence and innovation in direct field acoustic testing solutions.
Tobias Wulf, ARS Director Europe, expressed his excitement about the partnership, stating,
“We are honored to be selected as a strategic partner by RAL and to be delivering the first full-scale Direct Field Acoustic Testing system on UK soil. The innovation focus and investment made by RAL will clearly increase the relevance and acceptance of Direct Field Acoustic Testing methods in Europe, and ARS is prepared to serve the market with the service quality and speed we have built our reputation on.”