Advanced Lightband

Easy to Use
Integrate in less than 30 minutes. Training is simple. Users can reconfigure springs, switches, and connectors.

Reliable
100% spaceflight success + thousands of separation tests in qualification environments.

Stiffer and Stronger
A 30% increase in stiffness produces higher first modes and lower deflections.

Integrated Solution
Integrated springs, switches, and connectors streamline mission design, assembly, test, and flight.

Low-shock | Low tip-off | Higher Separation Velocity
Increases margin for critical mission requirements.

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Advanced Lightband Downloadable Documents

2003336A Advanced Lightband Users Manual

Advanced Lightband Training Videos

The Advanced Lightband (ALB) is the next generation in space vehicle separation systems. It is used to separate space vehicles from launch vehicles and to separate elements of launch vehicles. The Advanced Lightband is offered in a range of sizes from 8 to 24 inch bolt circle diameter.

The ALB offers many upgraded features and benefits:

  • Low-weight The ALB is one-third of the weight of a typical clamp band
  • Low-height About one half of the height of a typical clamp band
  • Precise initiation Critical separation timing of satellite swarms is enabled
  • Low-shock The ALB generates low shock
  • Low tip-off Special testing can tune rotation rates to less than 1 deg/sec
  • Larger and Precise deltaV Special testing can tune delta V to less than 1.0 inch/sec. Larger springs produce more deltaV than MLB
  • Backwards compatible and pyro-pulse compatible Accepts same connector and pulse as MLB

The Lightband is a patented, Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) technology. It is made with materials and methods consistent with high-reliability and Class-A space flight hardware.

See PSC Document 2003336 ALB User’s Manual for more information.

Standard ALB Sizes
Bolt Circle Diameter [in]Number of Fasteners [-]
8.00012
11.73218
13.00020
15.00024
18.25028
19.84828
23.25032
24.00036