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 2016, 2017 and BEYOND !

The Vertex Aerospace thermal engineering team was chosen by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center to provide thermal engineering design and analysis support for the PACE spacecraft bus, Ocean Color Instrument (OCI) and Polarimeter instrument. The Pre-ACE (PACE) mission is a recent addition to the NASA flight program manifest as recommended in the report, “Responding to the Challenge of Climate and Environmental Change:  NASA’s plan for a Climate-Centric Architecture for Earth Observations and Applications from Space”, published in June 2010.   As described in the report, the primary objective is to “make essential global ocean color measurements, essential for understanding the carbon cycle and how it both affects and is affected by climate change…”.   The report also suggested that a contributed polarimeter for aerosol and cloud research be accommodated provided a partner could be found who would provide an instrument at no expense to NASA.



The Vertex Aerospace thermal engineering team was chosen by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for the Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry, and Imaging (DAVINCI) thermal engineering support. DAVINCI would study the chemical composition of Venus' atmosphere during a 63-minute descent. It would answer scientific questions that have been considered high priorities for many years, such as whether there are volcanoes active today on the surface of Venus and how the surface interacts with the atmosphere of the planet. DAVINCI was selected on 30 September 2015 as one of five semifinalists for Mission #13 of the Discovery Program. The winner will be chosen around September 2016, and must be ready to launch by the end of 2021. Lori Glaze of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is the principal investigator. Goddard would manage the project.



The Vertex Aerospace thermal engineering team was chosen by NASA for the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) lidar will reveal the 3-D architecture of forests, as depicted in this artist’s concept. The unprecedented detail of these measurements will provide crucial information about the impact that trees have on the amount of carbon in the atmosphere.

The Vertex Aerospace thermal engineering team was chosen by UC Berkley to provide thermal engineering design and analysis support for the Ionospheric Connection Explorer instruments.The Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) will be the newest addition to NASA’s fleet of Heliophysics satellites. Led by UC Berkeley, scientists and engineers around the world are coming together to make ICON a reality. The goal of the ICON mission is to understand the tug-of-war between Earth’s atmosphere and the space environment. In the "no mans land" of the ionosphere, a continuous struggle between solar forcing and Earth’s weather systems drive extreme and unpredicted variability. ICON will investigate the forces at play in the near-space environment, leading the way in understanding disturbances that can lead to severe interference with communications and GPS signals.




The Vertex Aerospace thermal engineering team was chosen by NASA for the J2/3/4 thermal engineering support. The spacecraft was awarded to OrbitalATK in Gilbert, AZ. The Spacecraft Requirements Review (SRR) is planned for October 2015.

Vertex Aerospace chief thermal engineer Nick Teti was contracted by NASA as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the JPSS 2/3/4 thermal control system (TCS).

Vertex Aerospace thermal engineer Nick Teti was the lead for NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission and will bring his recent knowledge of designing, integrating and testing experience and have extensive knowledge and experience in the design, analysis, integration and testing of thermal control hardware.


Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS)

Vertex Aerospace thermal engineers support the TDRS sustaining engieering effort at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. There are currently seven TDRS satellites on-orbit that the Vertex Aerospace thermal engineers monitor and provide trending data and analysis support to NASA.

Vertex Aerospace provides senior thermal engineering consulting to NASA to support the TDRS continuation effort managed by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Boeing Space Systems in El Segundo, CA was selected by NASA to deliver three new TDRS satellites. The TDRS-K satellite  launched in January 2013 with TDRS-L launched Spring 2014 and TDRS-M launch is planned for late 2017.