Technical Capabilities

Flight Systems

Provide integrated aerodynamic, aerothermodynamic, flight dynamics, mechanical, structural, thermal, optical, electronics, and flight software systems design, development, and validation to enable the Center research mission in atmospheric sciences and the development, test, evaluation, and integration expertise to support the deployment of instruments, payloads, technology demonstrators, and flight vehicle systems.

 

Lidar/ Laser Technology
Conduct lidar and solid-state laser technology development and provide analysis, advanced concepts, laser materials, components, system development, risk reduction, technology maturation, engineering model demonstrations, testing, integration, and flight qualification to support the development of active remote instruments to support atmospheric characterization, landing systems, and in-space rendezvous and proximity operations.

 

Sensor / Sensing Technology
Conduct electro-optic radiation detection and sensor system technology development, including providing analysis, advanced concepts, component, system development, risk reduction, technology maturation, engineering model demonstrations, and flight instrument development.

 

Fabrication and Manufacturing Technology
Provide an integrated suite of conventional and advanced fabrication and manufacturing processes for hardware development enabling research, technology, and flight systems.

 

Entry, Descent and Landing Technology
Conduct analyses, testing, concept development, and demonstrations to develop advanced EDL technologies enabling future human and robotic exploration and science missions, including aerobraking, aerocapture, advanced hypersonic and supersonic entry systems, terminal descent, and landing systems.

 

Engineering Environment Technology
Conduct integrated multi-disciplinary design and analysis to provide advanced concepts, and component and prototype system demonstration concepts for research, technology, and flight systems.