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.

100% mission

The Advanced Lightband's
proven heritage carries a
100% mission success.

to use

Integrate in less than 5 minutes.
Training is simple. Users can reconfigure
springs, switches, and connectors.

Design for

“Ship and shoot”:
Stow in 30 minutes with just 1 tool.

Design for

lead time.

Improved Sub

90% more electrical
switches & connectors.

Separation Energy

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.

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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 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.
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The Advanced Lightband is made with materials and methods consistent with high-reliability and NASA Class-A space flight hardware.

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Standard ALB Sizes

Bolt Circle
Diameter (IN)
Number of
8.000  12 
11.732  18 
13.000 20 
15.000 24 
18.250 28 
19.848 28 
23.250 32 
24.000 36 
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