Aerospace Provides Launch Site and Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) Trajectory Analysis for Successful Aquarius/SAC-D Launch

Corporate Staff
posted August 23, 2012

Background:

The Aquarius/Satelite de Aplicaciones Cientificas D (SAC-D) observatory rocketed into space from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California atop a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket on June 10, 2011. The mission marked the first international cooperation between NASA and CONAE, the Argentine space agency. The SAC-D spacecraft carries nine instruments. Its primary experiment is NASA’s Aquarius, which will measure the saltiness of Earth’s oceans to advance understanding of the global water cycle and improve climate forecasts. The launch was managed by the Launch Services Program at NASA Kennedy. The integrated spacecraft and launch vehicle during prelaunch processing at launch site and launch ascent was subject to ground radar transmitted electromagnetic interference environment.

Value Added:

Aerospace performed launch site and trajectory RFI analysis engineering services for the launch on a military interdepartmental purchase request with NASA Kennedy. The purpose of this service was to inform NASA regarding the RFI environment that payload and launch vehicle are subjected to during launch ascent, and to recommend mitigation options where necessary. This is an example of how Aerospace routinely leverages unique corporate technical capabilities and agency contacts to provide services for NASA launch missions.