Aerospace


Aircraft Modification

Michael J. Pagnotta has been a Structures DER (Part 23, 25, and 27) since 1996. Modifications or alterations that comply with the applicable Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) can be approved by a DER without FAA approval. The DER serves as the “eyes and ears” of the FAA and approves the modifications or alterations based on the findings of compliance. Demonstrating compliance with the FAR does not necessarily require structural design or analysis. Testing can be performed to find compliance.

Pagnotta Engineering has supported numerous aircraft modification projects including those for NASA Langley, NOAA, Northrup Grumman, Sierra Nevada Corp., Sikorsky, Hanson Helicopters,  Leading Edge Composites, and many private aircraft owners.

Space Flight

Pagnotta Engineering, Inc. is experienced in design and analysis of Space Flight Hardware.  Projects supported include design and finite element stress and dynamic response analyses of bus, solar array, payload panels, instrument and battery packages, sensor structures, and any other structural components that must be mission qualified.

Mechanical Ground Handling Equipment (MGSE)

Pagnotta Engineering, Inc. is experienced in the design and analysis of Mechanical Ground Handling Equipment.  We have provided support on numerous MGSE projects for Lockheed Martin and Orbital ATK including turn-over, lab handling, and shipping fixtures for payload panels through entire spacecraft.  Also, on several occasions, we have provided turn-key solutions that include proof testing and delivery of finished equipment.

Recent Aerospace Projects

Orbital ATK Satellite Shipping Container

Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission (STS-125)

ADVANCED STIRLING RADIOISOTOPE GENERATOR (ASRG)

BAC 1-11 Fuselage Modification

Dawn TGA Plume Shield

Lockheed Martin L-Frame Fixture

Spacelab Pallet (SLP) STS Hardware Components for STS-123

NOAA

T-38 Autopilot

TX Transformer

MUOS

UAV Launch Shuttle

CHI-107 Door

Satellite Shipping Container and Handling Fixture for Antonov An-124-100 Aircraft Transport.
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STS-123 Space Lab Pallet (SLP) Structural Verification
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Pagnotta Engineering holds an IDIQ contract with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) in Lakeland, Florida
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Pagnotta Engineering is a proud partner in the redesign development of the Shardow UAV Launch Shuttle for Vector Composites (End user US Army).
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