Pagnotta Engineering

Pagnotta Engineering, Inc. is experienced in design and analysis of Mechanical Ground Handling Equipment.


Design and analysis of AMC-21 payload module shipping fixture


Orbital Sciences Corporation

• Fixture needed to ship panels overseas for payload installation and back for final integration
   in the S/C
• Co-developed fixture with Orbital to meet usage and structural MGSE requirements
• Fixture required isolation mounts to minimize payload accelerations while keeping deflections
   low enough to prevent dynamic interferences with the enclosure
• Developed Pro/E model and all manufacturing drawings
• Performed all stress analysis and presented results at CDR

Shipping fixture mounted on container base Shipping fixture mounted on container base Details of shipping fixture interior
Detail of isolator mount fitting Integration of payload panels,
without comb plates
Integration of payload
panel, with comb plates
Payload handling fixture
(also a PEI design) lowering payload
onto the shipping fixture
Final design model of the PMSF fixture PMSF with payload Final FE model of the PMSF fixture (rendered) PMSF FEM with payload

Design, analysis and fabrication
of L-frame fixture


Lockheed Martin

• Design of L-frame and proof load fixture - included design of the lift beam, transport pallets
   and storage box
• System level analysis of L-frame, proof load fixtures, and miscellaneous components required
   for operation
• Vendor Management
• FFMEA (Fundamental Failure Modes and Effects Analysis)
• Acceptance and first use qualification testing

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