Innovations Success Stories

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 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 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 »

Conclusion of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) and TRW, Inc. Compliance Program Work

Background: On Dec. 11, 2002, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a proposed consent decree, permitting NGC to proceed with its $7.8 billion acquisition of TRW. According to the DOJ complaint filed with the consent decree, the acquisition would lessen competition for reconnaissance satellite systems and “payloads,” which are inputs for those systems. Under the […]  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-Developed Independent Liftoff Acoustic Environments for Ares I

Background: NASA developed two liftoff acoustic environments for the Ares 1 vehicle using Saturn V and space shuttle SRB measured data. The second prediction in 2008 yielded substantially higher acoustic levels than the initial prediction of 2007. Value Added: NASA requested that Aerospace provide an independent prediction for comparison. Using flight data from the Atlas […]  More »

Aerospace’s Characterization of the External Tank Foam Debris Risk Analyses Critical to Shuttle Return-to-Flight

Background: Space shuttle Columbia disintegrated during re-entry on Feb. 1, 2003. Seven astronauts died, and the nation’s human spaceflight program was halted. Subsequent investigations revealed that the liberation of foam from the shuttle external tank had damaged the leading edge of the Columbia wing during ascent. NASA needed science-based analyses of this foam liberation to […]  More »

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