Innovations Success Stories

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 Performs Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Certification for Flight Readiness (CoFR)

Background: The MSL is the next-generation Mars rover. The spacecraft was launched Nov. 26, 2011, and is scheduled to arrive at Mars in August 2012. Researchers will use the rover’s 10 science instruments during the following two years to investigate whether the landing area has ever offered environmental conditions favorable for microbial life. NASA’s Jet […]  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 »

Aerospace Evaluates International Space Station (ISS) De-orbit Alternatives

Background: At some point in the near future, the ISS will have to be decommissioned, de-orbited, and returned to Earth. The end-of-life disposal of the ISS must be carefully planned to meet the strict safety standards required to minimize third-party damage and avoid casualties (less than a 1 in 10,000 chance of a casualty). Value […]  More »

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