Teledyne Brown Engineering is continuing its sixty-year tradition of providing innovative solutions and quality performance for our nation’s space program by serving as the prime contractor to build the Launch Vehicle Stage Adaptor (LVSA) for NASA’s next generation launch vehicle, the Space Launch System, or SLS.
LVSA, a critical element of the SLS, will connect the rocket's 27.5-foot diameter core stage and 16.4-foot diameter Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (ICPS). In addition to providing structural support for launch and separation loads, LVSA will also protect the delicate electrical devices in the propulsion systems from the extreme conditions encountered in the challenging launch environment. Teledyne Brown Engineering is partnering with Marshall Space Flight Center to use its Advanced Welding Facility for assembly of LVSA segments, applying our extensive experience and capabilities in the manufacturing of high-tolerance, precision components.
Launching on SLS is the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. The Orion vehicle is NASA’s first spacecraft designed for long-duration, human-rated deep space exploration. Orion will transport humans to interplanetary destinations beyond low Earth orbit, such as asteroids, the moon and eventually Mars, and return them safely back to Earth. Teledyne Brown Engineering is helping to ensure crew safety by providing support to NASA for the Launch Abort System (LAS). The LAS is a tower system, attached on top of the Orion crew capsule, is able to take the capsule and crew to safety in the event of a failing vehicle, whether at the launch pad or during early ascent.
Teledyne Brown’s experienced system engineers conducted research and risk analysis on the LAS propulsion system as well as corresponding control analysis to determine vehicle trajectory and ensure vehicle stability. Teledyne is also responsible for performing essential technical reviews and requirements assessments for the LAS module, integrated system, subsystems, and components. In addition, we drew on our unique expertise in building one-of-a-kind, complex parts from print for the Orion capsule, including structural elements and components for the critical heat shield, which must withstand temperatures of 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit.