Innovations Success Stories

Aerospace Named Point of Contact for Transition from Shuttle to Constellation Workforce Issues

Background: NASA has been preparing for space shuttle retirement since 2004, including ongoing activities to facilitate transition of both key NASA civil service employees and contractor employees to other programs. NASA created the Space Shuttle Transition Liaison Office to better facilitate and coordinate these efforts. The proposed changes to the human spaceflight program have had […]  More »

Technology Roadmap Support to the National Research Council (NRC)

Background: NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT) has drafted a set of 14 Space Technology Area Roadmaps as an initial point of departure for mapping NASA’s future investments in new technologies for space missions. These roadmaps include various areas such as launch propulsion systems, robotics and autonomy, nanotechnology, as well as entry, descent, and […]  More »

Aerospace Helps NASA Prepare for Decision on the Future of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)

Background: In response to the JWST cost (> 15%) and schedule (> six-month slip) breach, NASA prepared for a future decision on the JWST by seeking an analysis of alternatives (AoA) to the JWST baseline and a preliminary risk assessment. NASA Headquarters tasked Aerospace to perform both the AoA and PRA. Value Added: In performing […]  More »

Aerospace Provides Independent Assessment of NASA Launch Vehicles (Pegasus XL, Taurus XL, Delta II, Delta IV, and Atlas V)

Background: For the past nine years, Aerospace has provided independent assessment of NASA launch vehicles. Aerospace provides weekly reports to NASA KSC Safety and Mission Assurance (S&MA) that include notes and assessments for contractor reviews (e.g., engineering review boards, anomaly review boards, and mission milestone reviews), as well as developments in ongoing failure analyses, production, […]  More »

Aerospace Performs Iridium Block 1 Spacecraft Collision and Hazard Assessment

Background: The Feb. 10, 2009, collision of the operational Iridium 33 satellite with the retired Russian Cosmos 2251 resulted in a decades-long pollution of a widely used orbit, and raised questions about whether Iridium, whose satellite was destroyed, had done all it could to avoid the event. The collision rendered the Iridium orbit a more […]  More »

Aerospace Completes Installation of Third-Generation Multi-Constellation User Terminal at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Satellite Operations Facility

Background: The National Oceanic and Atmosphereic Administration (NOAA) Satellite Operations Facility (NSOF), located in Suitland, Maryland, is the primary command and control center for the many environmental satellites under the purview of the NOAA National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service (NESDIS). The primary environmental satellites supported from the NSOF include GOES, POES, DMSP, and Jason. […]  More »

Aerospace is Key Contributor to FBI’s Successful Deployment of First Sentinel Production Maintenance Build

Background: Sentinel is the FBI’s multimillion-dollar program to computerize investigative information and create a web-based investigative case management system to replace the antiquated Automated Case Support (ACS) system. The Sentinel project was launched in 2005 after the bureau had given up on its Virtual Case File system. The FBI intended that Sentinel, when fully implemented, […]  More »

Aerospace Provides Independent Assessment to NASA Kennedy Space Center Safety and Mission Assurance for all NASA Launch Services Contracted Launch Vehicles

Background: Aerospace provides weekly reports to NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Safety and Mission Assurance (S&MA) that include notes and assessments for contractor reviews (engineering review boards, anomaly review boards, and mission milestone reviews), as well as developments in ongoing failure analyses, production, design, and qualification. NASA launch services (NLS) contracted launches use a variety of launch […]  More »

Aerospace Develops Monte Carlo Tool for Predicting Damage to Shuttle from Foam Debris

Background The space shuttle Columbia accident occurred in part because the foam fell off the tank about 82 seconds after liftoff, when the air was much thicker and slowed the foam so that the climbing orbiter struck it with great force. The Columbia and its crew were lost because a 1.67-pound piece of insulating foam […]  More »

Aerospace Provides Improvement in Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Minotaur IV Launch Vehicle Trajectory

Background The SMAP observatory employs a dedicated spacecraft with an instrument suite that will be launched on the ICBM-derived Minotaur IV vehicle into a 680-km near-polar, sun-synchronous orbit. SMAP instrument includes a radiometer and a synthetic aperture radar operating at L-band with the ability to sense the soil conditions through moderate vegetation cover. The instrument […]  More »

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