Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

MAE 297 Seminar

Title: Small Spacecraft Development at NASA Ames


Speaker: Matt Sorgenfrei, PhD, Research Engineer, Intelligent Systems Division, NASA Ames Research Center




Since the launch of the GeneSat-1 spacecraft in 2006, NASA Ames Research Center has been among the leaders within the NASA community in the development of small spacecraft. These spacecraft, often reaching orbit as secondary payloads launched with other missions, have size, weight, and mass restrictions that make their development particularly challenging. This talk will describe current and future small spacecraft missions at NASA Ames, and will examine the unique challenges associated with these projects. In particular, Dr. Sorgenfrei will describe lessons-learned from the production of eight identical spacecraft for the EDSN mission, will highlight the advanced Guidance, Navigation, and Control system under development for the BioSentinel spacecraft, and will describe current research and development activities.

Date(s) - 10/08/2015
4:10 pm - 5:00 pm

1062 Bainer Classroom


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