Pagnotta Engineering


Pagnotta Engineering, Inc. was contracted by Vector Composites, Inc. to design, analyze, and develop a weight optimized shuttle for the TUAS Launcher Subsystem.  PEI’s responsibilities included development of the 3D design model, preparation of manufacturing drawings, and verification via finite element analysis that the shuttle meets the structural performance requirements.  The goal is to reduce the weight of the shuttle assembly to increase performance without compromising performance.

Pagnotta Engineering is supporting Flight Safety International in the development of the Coast Guard HC-144A Operational Flight Trainer (OFT).  This flight trainer is a full motion trainer with seven all glass mirror bowl sections. PEI is designing and analyzing the inner and outer frames to support the glass mirror bowl. PEI is also analyzing the upper petal and turret structure. Aero Simulation, Inc. (Tampa, FL) is the prime contractor for the HC-144A Operational Flight Trainer (OFT) Program.

Pagnotta Engineering is continuing to support Fibertek Inc. in the development of the Detector Electronics Module (DEM) housing and Photomultiplier Module (PM) housing. Both modules will be part of the Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS) to be flown on the ICESat-2 (Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite) mission. Analysis included modal, random vibration, thermal, and static analyses.

Pagnotta Engineering recently completed a structural analysis of the CATS-ISS chassis hardware for Fibertek Inc.  The Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) will be delivered to the International Space Station (ISS). Analytical support included modal, random vibration, thermal, and static analyses.

Science Systems and Applications, Inc. recently awarded an engineering support contract to Pagnotta Engineering.  The contract is for a major upgrade to NASA’s HU-25 aircraft.  The upgrade includes structural analysis and design of an instrument suite on the crown of the fuselage, a temperature sensor on the side of the fuselage, and supports for interior racks.  In addition to the instrument modifications, the tail is being evaluated for loads experienced from a vortex generated by a DC-8 aircraft.  The HU-25 is used as a chase plane to measure temperature and several other parameters of the of the DC-8 alternative fuel exhaust. 

Pagnotta Engineering supported Summit Aviation on the modifications to a Partenavia P68 Observer.  PEI performed the analysis of an electronic shelf, a rack mounted system, and several antennae.  The analysis was performed to FAR Part 23 requirements.  As a DER, Mike Pagnotta issued an 8110-3 (Statement of Compliance with Airworthiness Standards) at the completion of the project.


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