Engineering, Design, Analysis & Integration Expertise

 

  • Mechanical Design Engineering — Design and development of spacecraft and ground system primary and secondary structures using standard metals and composite materials; mechanical systems expertise through build, integration, and test for flight and ground subsystem, system, and spacecraft level support; definition and development of structural, fluid, instrument, thermal, and electrical subsystems and interfaces; spacecraft propulsion subsystem design; ground system cryogenic, pneumatic, hydraulic, hypergolic, and environmental control subsystem design; monocoque, honeycomb, and composite structures; spacecraft and ground system assembly/lifting/integration support equipment, and mechanical component design; computer-aided design and optimization — Tools include I-DEAS/NX, Creo, AutoCAD, and Solidworks
  • Mechanical/Structural/Fluid-Thermal Analyses and Loads Engineering — Structural analysis (stress, dynamics, fracture), coupled loads analysis (s/c + Instrument + launch vehicle), shock and vibration analysis and isolation; acoustic analysis, detailed stress analysis; design optimization; fluid flow analysis; thermal distortion analysis; thermal heat transfer analysis; STOP Analysis; composite materials analysis; model generation and checkout; advanced FEM analysis; model reduction and system level coupling for flight loads analysis; stress, displacement, force, velocity, and acceleration recovery; transient analysis; integrated system analysis — Tools include NASTRAN, ADAMS, DMAP, SINDA/FLUINT, AFT Fathom/Arrow, STAAD, ANSYS, Matlab, FEMAP API, MathCAD, CompositePro, Mechanica, NASGRO, A4EI
Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM) model and structural joint  Credit – NASA/Chris Gunn
Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM) model and structural joint
Credit – NASA/Chris Gunn
  • Thermal Engineering — Flight system configuration, analysis (steady-state, transient), thermal control product design (heat pipes, blankets, louvers); thermal modeling and analysis; structural-thermal-optical (STOP) analysis; venting analysis; design from concept to final integration; testing of thermal balance, thermal  vacuum, temperature cycling; integration of subsystem, instrument, spacecraft, observatory levels; model correlation
  • Materials Engineering — Expertise in chemistry, physics, materials science; graphite-epoxy composites, metallic and organic compounds (adhesives, paints), ceramics, nondestructive evaluation techniques, cryogenic materials behavior, lubricants; applied research in materials science; use suite of analytical and physical testing equipment for comprehensive materials characterization; composite structures design, analysis and manufacturing; mechanical testing, metallography, optical microscopy, and metallurgy; component, mechanism, and instrument life testing (thermal & vacuum)
  • Contamination Engineering — State-of-the-art vacuum environment mass transport analysis; effective contamination control design and implementation of spacecraft, instruments, optical systems, and semiconductor lithography systems; cumulative contamination modeling, transport modeling, cleaning and bagging techniques, materials testing, optical coating applications and testing, and degradation analysis; cutting-edge modeling, venting, and plume analysis; experienced with MOLFLUX, CAP, ISEM, SPACE II, Thermica, and DSMC; current and recent clearances to Top Secret/SCI; outgassing measurements & analysis (TQCM & CQCM monitoring); lunar and Mars environmental modeling
Spacecraft and Instrument Contamination Control Credit – NASA/Chris Gunn
Spacecraft and Instrument Contamination Control
Credit – NASA/Chris Gunn
  • Electromechanical Engineering — Hinge and actuator design, dynamic simulation, component assembly, integration, life/repeatability testing
  • Electrical / EGSE — EGSE design, development and test including test harness, test racks, boxes, and simulators; designing and building flight harnesses and EGSE; LabView; fiber optic cables including polishing techniques, fiber optic cable splicing, termination, and testing; cryogenic superconductor wiring and circuits development; computer aided design packages used include Pro/ENGINEER, ORCAD, AutoCAD
  • Optical and opto-mechanical — Design and manufacturing support of X-ray mirrors; stray light and ray trace analysis; optical on-orbit performance predictions; optical design tools include Zemax, Code V
  • Integration and Test Engineering and Laboratory Measurement Support — Test planning, data acquisition, hardware instrumentation and facility operations (thermal vacuum, static loads, vibration, acoustics); optical alignment and metrology testing; X-ray metrology; system and component level Flight Qualification Testing (cryogenic, vibration, acoustics, EMI)
Sample Analysis of Mars (SAM) Instrument I&T Credit – NASA/GSFC
Sample Analysis of Mars (SAM) Instrument I&T
Credit – NASA/GSFC
  • Thermal Coatings — Thermal and optical coating development, selection, and degradation analysis; coating/paint preparation and application on various substrates, configurations; tailored thin film deposition on various surfaces; optically, thermally characterize paints/coatings — reflectance, absorptance, emittance, transmittance, conductivity, uniformity, adhesion; life/exposure testing in vacuum — temperature, simulated solar, specific UV