Typical GFTS™ Program Schedule

The typical TAI GFTS™ design and production project is divided into several phases. This allows us to insure the end result will meet expectations, and allows stopping points if it won’t.

Phase 1 - Thermal Strap Design and analysis (2 weeks)

  • Uses the customer’s requirements:
    • Thermal performance
    • Geometry
    • Keep-out zones
    • Material requirements
    • Outgassing requirements
    • Shock and vibration
    • Number of units required
    • Cost
  • Results in prototype design
    • As close to flight unit design as possible and practical
    • Faster and cheaper to construct than flight unit
  • Preliminary Design Review

Phase 2 – Prototype Thermal Strap construction and test (4 weeks)

  • Construct and test prototype
    • Usually no certified materials
    • Usually no surface treatments
    • Minimal flight-level QA control
    • Form, fit, function
    • Thermal performance
  • Feedback for design refinements

Phase 3 – Design refinement (1 – 2 weeks)

  • Redesign flight unit as necessary with feedback from Prototype
  • Interim/Critical Design Review

Phase 4 – Engineering Design Unit / Qualification Unit construction and test (4 – 6 weeks, depending on requirements and controls)

  • Qualification Units for customer qualification
    • Vibration and shock
    • Environmental
    • Lifetime
  • Flight-level QA control, if desired
  • First Article Inspection, if desired

Phase 5 – Flight Thermal Strap unit production