SPACE, LAUNCH & MISSILE SYSTEMS
Tri Models has a long history of supporting the space and missiles industry dating back to the beginnings of the space shuttle program. We have even built valves that flew on the space shuttle system as part of the RS-68 Engines. As the space and launch systems programs have evolved, Tri Models has played an integral role. From the Space Shuttle to the Orion/Crew Exploration Vehicle and now with Private Industry contractors, such as Blue Origin, Tri Models has been there. We design and build both wind tunnel models and flight test hardware for the space industry. We are also a NASA Prime contractor on numerous programs for various NASA sites.
Missiles systems is an ever-changing industry. The evolution from dumb bomb to guided missile and now to deep strike platforms has presented a great opportunity for Tri Models to be an integral member of this community. Missile programs require challenging models and testing, and many are tested at full scale. As their flight regimes are rather expansive, the models require extensive testing and to reduce overall costs, many missile models require remotely driven tails, canards and even a “spinning” system to roll the model about the center axis. Newly emerging technologies, such as Hypersonics, require sub-system tests, such as inlet and engine alone, to support the maturation of the technology. Similar to the aircraft systems, our continued support includes missile sled tests, scramjet/hypersonic engines, flight articles and free-jet test rigs and even low-earth-orbit (LEO) separation vehicles.