Science Spacecraft Mission Operations

SGT has impressive expertise in all phases of development, pre-launch, launch, and on-orbit checkout of spacecraft and instruments. Our operations personnel are experienced with Control Center operations (satellite and UAV), earth terminals, and ground station maintenance and communications network configurations. We develop model-based reasoning and decision-support automation-for-operation (A4O) tools for managing autonomous and semiautonomous systems, including spacecraft, robots, and UAVs. This includes applying expertise in mixed-initiative planning, constraint-based reasoning, activity scheduling, temporal reasoning, combinatorial and mathematical optimization, artificial intelligence search algorithms, machine learning, Bayesian analysis, and Markov decision processes.

SGT develops the systems and provides day-to-day operations, software maintenance and systems engineering for data, and science data processing centers that house and process the world’s largest collections of earth and atmospheric science, land imagery, and associated data products from spacecraft, aircraft, and other sources. Our engineers helped develop architectures for scalable, extensible ground and flight systems for future missions, including the GMSEC architecture, the Science Investigator-led Processing System (SIPS), science data processing system architecture, and service-oriented-architecture (SOA) concepts.

  • Mission Operations and Flight Control — Satellite and UAV flight operations planning and procedures; On-line and off-line console operations; On-orbit checkout and anomaly investigation and resolution; Performance trending and analysis
  • Autonomous Systems and Robotics – Autonomy for Operations, planning and scheduling; Integrated robotics; Control agent architectures