Projects of the Mechanical Engineering Branch
 
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Slideshow of various Branch Activities/Supported Projects. 

 
 
A sampling of our work:
 
  • 3-D solid modeling computer aided design, from concept proposal to detailed fabrication drawings.

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  • Design of large spacecraft structures, for missions such as XTE, TRMM, and MAP.

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  • Design of earth and space science instrument platforms, including lightweight and dimensionally stable optical benches (e.g. FUSE, MAP,GLAS, ZEPHYR).

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  • Highly reliable mechanisms for solar arrays and antenna deployments, and instrument covers and shutters (usually single action spring driven devices).

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  • Use of a broad range of material systems, from "traditional" aluminum, to advanced composites.

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  • Developing technologies to provide "precision extendible optical benches" and "enhanced inflatable structures" for various missions.

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  • Expert consultation for out-of-house missions such as GOES, POES, EOS, and LandSat.

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Some of the past and present Projects supported:
 
  • COBE
  • TRMM
  • XTE
  • EUVE
  • MIDEX
  • TOPHAT
  • MAP/MIDEX
  • HST
  • NGST
  • DCATT
  • LANDSAT7
  • POES
  • GOES
  • TDRS
  • EO-1
  • LENA
  • TOMS
  • POEMS
  • EOS AM, PM and CHEMISTRY
  • HTXS, SuMO, IN_FOCUS
  • ZEPHYR (WIND/LIDAR)
  • MICROSAT
  • ERGO
  • GLAST
  • GATES
  • BASIS
  • GEOID

 

 
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