ARES possesses the technical engineering resources and experience to perform design, analysis, and CAD modeling for all Mechanical Ground Support Equipment (MGSE). Design of MGSE, including special tools and assembly fixtures, requires a good understanding of engineering and interface requirements, material properties, machinability, and dimensional stability, as well as manufacturing processes, capabilities and cost. Dimensional and tolerance requirements are derived from thermal analyses, material CTE, and interface requirements. ARES applies ASME Y14.5-2009 GD&T standards to ensure assembly form, fit, and functional requirements are met, while providing maximum manufacturing allowances to keep fabrication costs down.
ARES Team personnel have been responsible for refurbishment and reuse of MGSE hardware, particularly launch site equipment, which routinely require refurbishment, proof test, and occasionally modification prior to reuse. Our personnel have developed plans and procedures for these activities, including the inspection, refurbishment, and reuse of launch site support equipment for the Taurus launch vehicle. For the Space Technology Research, Analysis, Integration, and Testing (STRAIT) Contract, ARES tasks included performing engineering verification of all ground support equipment for DSX and TacSat-3 spacecraft. We also provided design engineering and fabrication of GSE hardware for the Orion Launch Abort System, delivering the Orion Assembly and Integration Trailer and Handling and Integration Equipment (rocket motor shipping/alignment dollies, integration tables, and V-rail) for the Orion rocket motors.