Engineering and Consulting Services

Instar Engineering and Consulting

Mechanical systems engineering

  • System mechanical integration
  • Spacecraft configuration development and conceptual design
  • Requirements development and definition
  • Verification planning
  • Mass properties management
  • Management of master equipment list
  • Configuration management
  • Risk management and assessment

Structural and mechanical analysis

  • Stress analysis, classical and finite element analysis
  • Bolted joints
  • NASA-STD-5020 (2012) for threaded fastening systems
    (Tom Sarafin of Instar was instrumental in the development of this standard)
    • Design and analysis
    • Torque-preload testing
    • Fastening system control plan
  • Loads and dynamics
  • Vibration
  • Jitter
  • Thermal modeling and analysis
  • Opto-mechanical analysis

Structural and mechanical design

  • Preliminary design
  • CAD/solid modeling and detail design
  • Flight hardware and ground support equipment

Test engineering: design, analysis, planning, data interpretation, and documentation

  • Static loads testing
  • Vibration testing (random, sine sweep, sine burst)
  • Notching and force limiting
  • Acoustic
  • Shock
  • Modal surveys

Vehicle mechanical integration and test


  • Proposal support
  • Design and analysis
  • Design reviews and recommendations

Problem resolution