The Void RPO testbed
Rendezvous and Proximity Operations (“RPO”) and spacecraft docking and capture systems need rigorous ground testing. Atomos developed a one-of-a-kind facility, affectionately called The Void, to test with flight-like dynamics in a high-fidelity, real-time, hardware-in-the-loop manner.
The 50x20ft low-friction floor monitored by a precise motion capture system hosts robotic twins of Quark and potential clients. The special 5-degree-of-freedom, ground-based, air-bearing-mounted variant of Quark is equipped with replicas of the flight avionics, software, inertial and relative navigation subsystems, docking systems, and capture systems.
Rapid spacecraft manufacturing, prototyping, and test
Atomos operates out of a 20,000sft facility in Broomfield, Colorado. The facility supports rapid prototyping with an extensive machine shop, additive manufacturing, and laboratory. The custom cleanroom allows build of four spacecraft simultaneously. The facility also houses avionics assembly, environmental test (thermal vacuum), deployable structure test, RPO propulsion test, and several testbeds for hardware-in-the-loop testing of vehicles and ground systems.