Innovations Success Stories

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 »

Aerospace Develops Sand Chart Tool (SCT) for NASA Programs Budget and Schedule Analysis

Background: NASA identified a need to evaluate budgets and schedules probabilistically rather than deterministically. The desired outcome was to treat the future as a trade space of possible outcomes, each with a probability, as opposed to a single track that NASA will follow to achieve its objectives. Value Added: Aerospace created a SCT to evaluate […]  More »

Aerospace Performs Mission Assurance for Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Spacecraft

Background: SMAP will provide global measurements of soil moisture and its freeze/thaw state. These measurements will be used to enhance understanding of processes that link the water, energy and carbon cycles, and to extend the capabilities of weather and climate prediction models. SMAP data will also be used to quantify net carbon flux in boreal […]  More »

Aerospace Performs a Probabilistic Risk Assessment of Foam Debris Damage for Delayed STS-133

Background: During cryoloading operations prior to the first launch attempt of STS-133, a visible foam defect was identified at the junction between the LOX tank and intertank. Video and photographic data showed a 7-inch wide hemispherical crack in the foam had pushed out from the surface of the tank. Such a defect has good potential […]  More »

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

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 […]  More »

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