General Atomics Brake Control to be on Rocket Transport

Sep 11, 2008

San Diego, CA. 11 September, 2008. General Atomics (GA) is working with Scaled Composites, LLC on integrating the tires, wheels, brakes and brake control system for the prototype WhiteKnightTwo mother ship that will carry the prototype SpaceShipTwo spacecraft up to its 50,000 ft. launch altitude. Roll-out of the prototype aircraft “Eve” occurred on July 28, 2008 in Mojave, CA.

The Brake Antiskid Control System (BACS) developed by GA is an advanced digital control system. It uses a pulse width modulated (PWM) valve for antiskid control. Internally developed control algorithms drive the PWM valve, perform the antiskid function, and incorporate features for safety, performance, and maintainability. The system gives state-of-the-art performance at less weight and cost than conventional systems.

GA is a San Diego-based company with a 50-year history of successful solutions for defense, energy, and environmental challenges. GA specializes in performing innovative research and development and transforming conceptual results into practical systems. Affiliated manufacturing and commercial service companies include General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., which produces the Predator® family of unmanned aircraft systems.

For further information contact:

Anthony Gattuso
Systems Engineering
(858) 455-2910

Doug Fouquet
Public Relations
(858) 455-2173

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