Space-Ready Solar Panel Brackets

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Cedar Park, Texas


Aluminium 6061-T651 PER AMS4025, CNC Mill, ANODIZE PER MIL-A-8625 TYPE III CLASS 2

The Challenge

Firefly Aerospace required rapid manufacturing of solar panel brackets for an upcoming launch. The brackets needed to be made from space-grade aluminum, with an anodized finish per MIL-A-8625 Type III Class 2, and meet ITAR and DFARS material compliance, all within a tight budget.

The Solution

The Results

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Firefly Aerospace was on a critical timeline for a new launch that required specialized solar panel brackets. These brackets were not just any components; they needed to withstand the harsh conditions of space and adhere to rigorous industry standards. The challenge was sourcing a manufacturer who could work with space-grade aluminum and deliver within the company’s budget constraints. Additionally, the brackets required an anodized finish as per MIL-A-8625 Type III Class 2 specifications, adding another layer of complexity to the task. Finding a supplier with the necessary certifications and capabilities, including ITAR compliance and DFARS material expertise, in a short time frame was proving to be a significant hurdle.
SyncFab’s platform became the pivotal solution for this challenge. With its vast network of specialized suppliers, SyncFab was able to quickly identify and connect the space company with a manufacturer who had the expertise in CNC milling, specifically with space-grade aluminum. This supplier was not only ITAR compliant but also proficient in working with DFARS materials. They were capable of applying the required anodized finish in compliance with MIL-A-8625 Type III Class 2 standards. The entire process, from matching to manufacturing, was streamlined and efficient, ensuring that the solar panel brackets were produced within the required budget and time frame. The company successfully received the high-quality, space-ready brackets, keeping their project on schedule for the impending launch.
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