Environmental and Dynamics Testing and Evaluation
Kelly Space & Technology, Inc. (KST) offers state-of-the-art test facilities and keeps test and engineering programs on schedule and within budget. Whether your need is physical testing, engineering or documentation services (Test plan & Test Procedures) to meet MIL-STD-810 or RTCA DO-160, ASTM, ASME, IEEE, ETS or any other test specifications, KST’s diverse engineering staff and technicians are available to cost-effectively test and/or assist with any test specification tailoring process that could apply to a specific test specimen. The end result is the acceleration of your product or services into the marketplace on-schedule and on-budget.
KST’s current environments testing capabilities include: Vibration Testing; Shock Impact Testing (e.g. Bird Strike Testing); Temperature and Humidity Cycling Testing; Thermal Shock Testing; Altitude and High Pressure Testing; Explosive and Rapid Decompression Testing; Burst Testing; Sand and Dust Testing; Corrosives and Salt Fog Testing; Wind and Rain Testing; Hail, Snow and Ice Environmental Testing; and many other environments testing.
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KST supports conventional and unconventional ballistic testing operations with short lead times. KST is capable of bird strike testing of external equipment and structural elements. Using the custom built pneumatic “chicken” gun, KST is capable of performing bird strike tests at a wide range of velocities utilizing gelatin simulated bird masses or other customer defined projectiles. Combined with KST’s extensive high speed data acquisition system and high speed video equipment, KST is able to provide extremely detailed data of the bird strike for R&D and certification testing purposes. KST is truly a one stop shop for all ballistic testing needs.
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Jet & Rocket Engine Testing
KST’s indoor rocket test facility cost-effectively supports research and development (R&D) and engine prototype testing on a commercial basis. The Jet & Rocket Engine Test Site (JRETS) West facility can test rocket engines over a thrust range of 75 – 20,000 lbF (88,964 N) thrust. The test facility can support rapid prototyping and development activities for rocket engines to enable small business as well as larger organizations to conduct cost-effective propulsion component, subsystem and system level testing for commercial and government applications.
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Encapsulated Ballistic Protection
The patent-pending Encapsulated Ballistic Protection System (EBPS) is a proprietary layered armor system defining a panel or structure composed of a variety of materials arranged in a specific order to provide ballistic resistance and protection. The specific layered solution is tailored to the threat level and ballistic protection requirements desired and can meet or exceed virtually all levels of protection.
The system is adjustable in the layering configuration to match or exceed the defined protection level(s) and performance requirements. Using a composite encapsulation system, the EBPS can be formed into complex shapes and may be used in virtually any application ranging from body armor to protective underbodies and exterior panels for land vehicles, watercraft and aircraft components, barracks, sensitive equipment cases and more.
The EBPS can be applied to light and heavy armor applications for blast/fragmentation resistance and ballistic projectile protection. Levels of protection, range from NIJ II to IV, as well as 0.50 cal FSP, AP, API rounds and 20mm FSP projectiles, designed to simulate the energy of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast fragment. The EBPS system has the ability to be “tailored” to meet virtually any threat level required by a customer including heavy blast requirements. KST’s EPBS can utilize both a thermoplastic or a carbon fiber based manufacturing process.
For lightweight protection against the rifle calibers, especially the 7.62×63 APM2 rounds (also known as armor piercing rounds), test results indicate that the EBPS reflects the impact energy opposite to the direction of impact to, in essence, simulate “Reactive Armor.”
Medical and Burn Debridement Laser
The Portable Burn Debridement Laser (PBDL) treatment procedure developed to address this need reduces blood and body fluid loss by up to a factor of ten while speeding up each surgical procedure and reducing the total number of required procedures. This is less traumatic to the patient and significantly lowers the chances of complications, resulting in faster recovery at substantially lower cost. The laser treatment may also increase the probability of successful grafts while reducing the risk of infection.
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