Titanium Bolts for Spacecraft
Lightweight parts for spacecraft
are one of our major areas of participation. We have supplied
titanium parts for several satellite builders. We supply not
only the screws, sometimes with captive washers so that the
washers can't be dropped, but titanium nuts, pins and studs
and other fastener configurations too.
Often we provide special space compatible coatings that are
necessary for proper interaction of the hardware.
The socket head recess used with many fasteners for spacecraft is "forged"
so that there are no chips or burrs to dislodge and find their way into electronic
components where they may cause problems.
Quantities typically are not large, but we work with our
customers to back them up with inventory of finished parts,
and also of blanks for quick delivery.
The hex recess is forged, so that there are no loose chips or burrs.
Washer is captivated to head but allows fastener to rotate inside.
The washer prevents damage to the substrate solar panels. No loose washers to
fall into assemblies.
Another way to captivate a washer is to roll the threads after the washer is
fitted onto the fastener. A metallic or non-metallic washer can be used.