ETD Mission Engineering & System Analysis Division
MESA | Code 590
MESA’s vision is to revolutionize future Earth and space science and exploration missions through collaboration and teamwork across all levels of mission development to usher in the successful evolution of science and technology. We orchestrate the gathering of all disciplines to build technologies such as spacecraft and spaceborne GPS, autonomous rendezvous and docking, to nano satellite propulsion systems.
Understanding the needs and intricacies of each mission allows MESA to not only conceive, design-analyze, implement, verify and validate important scientific data to advance Earth and space science exploration missions, it brings the future to our doorstep.
What makes the MESA unique is its strong partnership with the mission teams, research community, and digital engineering teams. The division’s discipline engineering/branches support encompasses attitude and orbit determination and control, spacecraft propulsion, trajectory design, mission architecture, and mission systems engineering for both in-house flight hardware development and oversight for out-of-house developed instruments and missions.
Together, MESA strives to build hardware and systems to answer compelling science questions in astrophysics, heliophysics, solar system exploration and Earth science. In addition, the division’s partnership with the space exploration, communication and navigation community seeks to develop, demonstrate and infuse revolutionary technologies in these areas.
Exploration With No Boundaries
The Mission Engineering & System Analysis Division provides hardware and systems expertise to support NASA and partner missions. Products, services and expertise include: systems engineering, mission design, navigation, propulsion, attitude control capabilities and technology development.
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