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Guidance Navigation & Control & Mission Systems Engineering Branch (WFF) (Code 598)

Test of the Automated Flight Safety System (AFSS) at the Wallops Flight Facility (WFF).

Test of the Automated Flight Safety System (AFSS) at the Wallops Flight Facility (WFF).

Mission

The Guidance, Navigation and Control and Mission Systems Engineering Branch (Code 598) performs the full range of the MESA Division scope for the Wallops Flight Facility (WFF). This includes GN&C and systems engineering for suborbital programs (aircraft, UAVs, balloons, and sounding rockets) and spacecraft. Branch personnel conduct a wide range of design, analysis, fabrication and field mission support such as is delineated below.

  • Launch vehicle design, performance analysis, and dispersion including aerodynamics, flexible body analysis, downwash, reentry heating
  • Complete control system design, testing, and implementation for ground, space and balloon-borne applications
  • In-house electrical fabrication of selected prototype and flight components
  • Full mission support for pointed balloon payloads
  • Chief Engineer functions for the Range and Mission Management Office and the Sounding Rocket Office
  • GPS simulation for suborbital and orbital applications

Branch Management Team

Shannon Fitzpatrick Brent Vincent

Shannon Fitzpatrick
Head

Brent Vincent
Associate Head

 

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