Space Systems Infrastructure

Using Our Expertise and Experience to Create, Improve, and Maintain Complex Space Systems

Space systems infrastructure is a complex system-of-systems that involves space, ground, and user components. The intricate connections between these three major components—with the added complication that we cannot modify elements once deployed in space—create myriad challenges for our customers. The Aerospace Corporation uses the expertise and experience of our technical staff to find innovative solutions to these challenges in space systems infrastructures.

Aerospace research focuses on fields pertaining to space and space-related systems. Our scientists and engineers collect comprehensive data, which is then integrated, analyzed, compared, and contrasted with other data and made available to our customers. They then apply this information to define needs and conceptualize architectures for our nation’s future space systems.

Our expert technical staff at Aerospace’s Physical Sciences Laboratories are continually researching, analyzing, and testing the efficacies and effects of various methods, materials, and environmental influences on space systems. Our team is also heavily involved in designing spaceflight, airborne, sounding rocket, and terrestrial instruments for science, prototypes, and spacecraft; in qualification and acceptance-level testing and mission operations of deliverable hardware; and in tracking space debris.

Aerospace has made many significant contributions to space systems infrastructure; a few examples include conducting studies on high-power solar electric propulsion; identifying and characterizing new modes of electrical discharge responsible for RF system components overheating and failing; and developing flight system testbeds to diagnose and resolve numerous issues as well as contribute to prevention of future risks.

Aerospace consistently works to stay on top of current systems, the dynamic threat environment, and changing operational requirements, while collecting data and providing feedback to help our customers define and develop the next generation of space systems infrastructure.

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