David Dowen

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Current methods of deploying spacecraft payloads typically employ explosive-type separation devices which do not address shock concerns and are not resettable without disassembly from the spacecraft or significant refurbishment of parts. Other separation mechanisms exist which eliminate explosives, but also do not offer reduced shock or the advantages of(More)
In small spacecraft, the proximity of sensitive components to release systems has led to the need for lowshock spacecraft release systems. Marmon band systems are often desirable for their flight history, structural capability, and reliability. Until recently, only pyrotechnically released clamp bands were readily available. The clamp band system described(More)
This paper describes the design and testing of an electromechanical damper assembly for the Mars Science Laboratory and provides the current program status. Unique test equipment developed for verification of flight requirements is presented. This paper includes the problems that arose during design and testing that are peculiar to a device intended to(More)
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