The 100% reliable separation
system with the shortest
integration time in the industry
The Advanced Lightband (ALB) is an innovative, lightweight, and compact mechanical separation system used to separate spacecrafts from launch vehicles on orbit. The Advanced Lightband has never failed to separate on orbit for any mission.
The Advanced Lightband's
proven heritage carries a
100% mission success.
Integrate in less than 5 minutes.
Training is simple. Users can reconfigure
springs, switches, and connectors.
“Ship and shoot”:
Stow in 30 minutes with just 1 tool.
90% more electrical
switches & connectors.
50% more separation energy,
with more velocity variation
The Advanced Lightband (ALB) is the next generation in space vehicle separation systems. It is used to separate space vehicles from launch vehicles. The Advanced Lightband is offered in a range of sizes from 8 to 24 inch bolt circle.
The ALB offers many upgraded features and benefits:
The ALB is one-third of the weight of a typical clamp band.
About one half of the height of a typical clamp band.
- Precise initiation
Critical separation timing of satellite swarms is enabled.
The ALB generates low shock.
- Low tip-off
Special testing can tune rotation rates to less than 1 deg/sec.
- Larger and More 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 Advanced Lightband is made with materials and methods consistent with high-reliability and NASA Class-A space flight hardware.
Standard ALB Sizes