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MMS Successful Launch and Commissioning

Vertex Aerospace was prime thermal engineering support for NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS) that launched on March 12, 2015.  The four identical MMS observatories completed a major milestone with the planned execution of maneuvers to start MMS formation flying in a 160 km spaced tetrahedron, executed all procedures during the leap second event introduced on June 30 and the instruments have been activated and commissioning activities are underway.

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SKYSAT-B Successful Launch and Imaging

Vertex Aerospace was contracted by Skybox Imaging, Inc., a commercial satellite company on the West Coast, to develop a thermal design and perform thermal analysis on their Earth Imaging Satellite.

  • SkySAT-1 launched November 2013
  • SkySAT-2 launched July 2014
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ICON Instrument Thermal Support

Vertex Aerospace was contracted by the University of California / Berkely (UCB) to develop a thermal design, perform thermal analysis in support of the Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (EUV) instrument.

SKYSAT-C Spacecraft Thermal Design and Analysis

Vertex Aerospace was contracted by Skybox Imaging, Inc., a commercial satellite company on the West Coast, to develop a thermal design and perform thermal analysis on their next generation of Earth Imaging Satellites. Launch scheduled for Late 2015.

SKYSAT-A Successful Launch and Imaging

Vertex Aerospace was contracted by Skybox Imaging, Inc., a commercial satellite company on the West Coast, to develop a thermal design and perform thermal analysis on their Earth Imaging Satellite.

  • SkySAT-1 launched November 2013.
  • SkySAT-2 launched July 2014

TDRS-L Launches and All Systems Are GO !

Vertex Aerospace supports the NASA/GSFC TDRS sustaining Engineering and TDRS K\L\M continuation effort through the MSES II/A contract with SGT, Inc. TDRS-L was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, FL on January 26, 2014.

Sponsorship of Aerospace@Annapolis Event 2013

Vertex Aerospace was recognized as one of the sponsors of this years Aerospace@Annapolis Event. This AIAA-National Capital Section event was held on Friday, February 1, 2013 at the Miller Senate Office Building, Presidential Conference Room West in downtown Annapolis, MD. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics National Capital Section (NCS) presented an exciting day of exhibits and presentations demonstrating Goddard’s impact to the State of Maryland, the science of the Nation, and the global community.

TDRS-K Launches and All Systems Are GO !

Vertex Aerospace supports the NASA/GSFC TDRS sustaining Engineering and TDRS K\L\M continuation effort through the MSES II/A contract with SGT, Inc. TDRS-K was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, FL on January 30, 2013. (Nick Teti is pictured in the photo on the left during his visit to AstroTech to support NASA with the pre-launch final inspections that took place in early January 2013.)

Solar Probe Plus Instrument Thermal Support

Vertex Aerospace was contracted by the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, Texas to develop a thermal design, perform thermal analysis for in support of the integrated EPI-HI and EPI-Lo instrument suite.

TDRS-K Thermal Support

Vertex Aerospace supports the NASA/GSFC TDRS sustaining Engineering and TDRS K\L\M continuation effort through the MSES II/A contract with SGT, Inc. Boeing recently completed the TDRS-K Pre-Ship Review (PSR) and is preparing to deliver the TDRS-K satellite to the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) for the launch scheduled in December 2012.

AMSAT/Fox-1 CubeSat Thermal Engineering Support

Vertex Aerospace has volunteered to assist the FOX-1 lead thermal engineer supporting the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) based out of Silver Spring, Maryland in support of their CubeSat mssions. Project ELaNa, NASA’s ‘Educational Launch of NanoSat’ managed by the Launch Services Program at the Kennedy Space Center, announced on February 10, 2012 that the AMSAT Fox-1 CubeSat has been selected to join the program. CubeSats belong to a class of research spacecraft called nanosatellites. The cube-shaped satellites measure about 4 inches on each side, have a volume of about 1 quart, and weigh less than 3 pounds.

Solar Orbiter Instrument Thermal Support

Vertex Aerospace was contracted by the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, Texas to develop a thermal design, perform thermal analysis for in support of the Solar Orbiter Heavy Ion Sensor (HIS) instrument in preparation for a Preliminary Design Review (PDR).

OMES Team Member - Engineering Support

Vertex Aerospace is on the SGT, Inc. OMES team and is actively seeking candidates to support the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) program.

  • Thermal & Systems Engineering Support

ICESat-2 ATLAS Electronics Board Thermal Analysis

Vertex Aerospace was contracted by Design Interface, Inc. to perform thermal analysis of the ICESat-2 Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS) instrument HVPC electronics board.

GOES-R Battery Thermal Design and Analysis

Vertex Aerospace was contracted by SAFT Battery to perform thermal analysis for the GOES-R Lithium Ion Battery in preparation for the GOES-R Critical Design Review (CDR). Vertex Aerospace reviewed the GOES-R battery requirements, worked with the SAFT mechanical/thermal engineers and implemented the current design details in the Thermal Desktop model. Vertex Aerospace post-processed the temperature and heat flow adata and included the results in a Thermal Design Report.

Aircraft Electronics Thermal Design and Analysis

Vertex Aerospace was contracted by a commercial engineering company in the Mid-West to develop a thermal design, perform thermal analysis and develop a prototype to support the thermal control of an Aircraft Electronics Module.