Flight Termination Systems

We know range safety.

WE PROVIDE SAFETY CRITICAL COMPONENTS AND SUBSYSTEMS FOR SPACE AND MISSILE FLIGHT TERMINATION SYSTEMS.

Whether on a missile, a rocket launching satellites or an unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV), all of our flight termination system products are configured, tested and qualified to the requirements of your range and program. They are designed to effectively protect a system and will prevent inadvertent initiation of a Flight Destruct/Termination System (FTS) or rocket motor ignition. They will work only on command and when commanded. Our excellent working relationships with ranges across the United States enables us to tailor safety requirements governed by Range Safety  at these facilities.

Interested in our Flight Termination System?

We would love to hear how we may help your program.

WHY FTS?

Every day missions are at stake, lives must be protected and personnel must come home. Range Commander Council RCC-319 provides for the safety of people and missions during launch and flight operations. In the event of an errant flight, a Flight Termination System (FTS) renders each power stage and/or propulsion system non-propulsive. We walk every customer through RCC-319 requirements they need to satisfy, ensuring mission assurance. To learn more about the importance of flight termination systems, view this National Academies Press article on flight safety requirements or for a deeper dive, the regulations concerning flight termination systems can be found in this electronic code of Federal Regulations.

OUR FLIGHT TERMINATION SYSTEMS INCLUDE

– Redundancy
– Physical separation of redundant strings
– Independence from other vehicle systems
– Inadvertent separation destruct system when applicable
– Both engine shutdown and destruct capability when needed
– Reliability > 0.999 @ 95% confidence

CONCEPT OF OPERATION

From concept development through qualification, we partner with you to provide an FTS solution that best fits your needs. Teaming with you while presenting your system solution to Range Safety, we ensure flight certification. We leverage our flight heritage offering a low risk, best value solution; an FTS which is safe, qualified and functions on command, when commanded. From off the shelf to custom designed solutions, your success is our mission. Not only will our experience and expertise be available, our products have been designed to meet the strictest of technical requirements and been proven to work in the harshest of environments. Tap into our wealth of knowledge and expertise to ensure the safety protocols of your mission are met.

Flight Termination Systems Components

FLIGHT TERMINATION SYSTEMS

COMPONENTS

AFTU or FTS?

Whether utilizing an autonomous flight termination unit (AFTU) or a flight termination system (FTS) we can provide the critical components required to take flight termination actions such as thrust termination or pyrotechnic detonations. An insightful view of NASA’s flight termination systems design requirements provides additional information regarding reliability requirements, trajectories, propellants and range selection.