NASA Selects Orbital Reef to Develop Space Station Replacement

December 2, 2021 – Orbital Reef, led by partners Blue Origin and Sierra Space, was selected today by NASA for a funded Space Act Agreement for collaboration to design a commercially owned and operated space station in low Earth orbit (LEO). NASA’s Commercial LEO Development program aims to shift NASA’s research and exploration activities in LEO to commercial space stations, helping stimulate a growing space economy before the International Space Station is retired. The Orbital Reef team includes Boeing, Redwire Space, Genesis Engineering Solutions, and Arizona State University.

Genesis provides the Single-Person Spacecraft for Blue Origin Winning Commercial Space Station Team.

December 2, 2021 – Orbital Reef, led by partners Blue Origin and Sierra Space, was selected today by NASA for a funded Space Act Agreement for collaboration to design a commercially owned and operated space station in low Earth orbit (LEO). NASA’s Commercial LEO Development program aims to shift NASA’s research and exploration activities in LEO to commercial space stations, helping stimulate a growing space economy before the International Space Station is retired. The Orbital Reef team includes Boeing, Redwire Space, Genesis Engineering Solutions, and Arizona State University.

SPS Orbital Reef

Single Person Spacecraft

OVERVIEW

The Orbital Reef is the vision of partners Blue Origin and Sierra Space and Genesis is the team member providing the Single-Person Spacecraft.

DETAILS

Find out more at the Orbital Reef site!

December 2, 2021 – Orbital Reef, led by partners Blue Origin and Sierra Space, was selected today by NASA for a funded Space Act Agreement for collaboration to design a commercially owned and operated space
station in low Earth orbit (LEO). NASA’s Commercial LEO Development program aims to shift NASA’s research and exploration activities in LEO to commercial space stations, helping stimulate a growing space economy before the International Space Station is retired. The Orbital Reef team includes Boeing, Redwire Space, Genesis Engineering Solutions, and Arizona State University.

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GENSAT-1

Genesis Satellite - 1

OVERVIEW

GenSat-1 is a small satellite designed to carry two scientific payloads into polar orbit. The satellite will be collecting data on space weather using a fluxgate magnetometer provided by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Also, in collaboration with GSFC and Kansas University the satellite carries a sensor for measuring solar proton events. 

Genesis is responsible for building, integrating, testing, and operating the satellite from the Genesis Maryland facility using our newly constructed ground control center.

Orbit and Instruments

GES Mission Control Center

Launch Vehicle Virgin Orbit Launcher One

LISA

Laser Interferometer Space Antenna

OVERVIEW

LISA is a space-based gravitational wave observatory building on the success of LISA Pathfinder and LIGO.
Led by ESA, the LISA mission is a collaboration of ESA, NASA, and an international consortium of scientists.

Laser Interferometer Space Antenna

GENESIS INVOLVEMENT

— Optical Analysis 

SPS

Single Person Spacecraft

OVERVIEW

The Single Person Spacecraft (SPS) is an example of our ongoing investment in R&D. The SPS provides a unique alternative to the concept of a spacesuit. When extra-vehicular activity (EVA) in space has required an astronaut with spacesuit there are inherent challenges. The SPS has advantages for both the astronaut and the overall activities that need to be accomplished.

DETAILS

Designed for servicing / exploration of ISS, NEOs and satellites. It can be piloted or tele-operated. Using the same atmosphere as the host vehicle it provides immediate access to space without pre-breathing or airlock. Integral propulsion enables rapid transport to the work site. It is sized to for all crew members providing “shirt sleeve” operations of conventional displays and controls.

Neutral Buoyancy Testing

Crew Enclosure Demonstration Test Article

Discovery Channel

See the Discovery Channel highlight of the SPS for the show Daily Planet.

PUBLICATIONS

COLLABORATIONS

AMRO, El Monte, CA

United Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, AL

SRI International, Menlo Park, CA

Paragon Space Development Corporation, Tucson, AZ

Shields, Martinsville, IN

Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems

Design Force

METECS

TriVector Services Inc.

GEN 6000

GEN6OOO

OVERVIEW

Originally called “Space Cube 2.0” Genesis licensed Goddard’s technology and renamed it GEN6000. This design is an in-flight reconfigurable Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) based on-board hybrid science data processing system.

Services Provided by Genesis

PWA Manufacturing

PWA Electrical Testing

Printed Wiring Board Design

Electrical / FPGA Design

details

GEN6000 technology provides 10x to 100x improvements in on-board computing power while lowering relative power consumption and cost. 

The GEN6000 design strategy incorporates commercial 
radiation-tolerant FPGA technology and couples it with an integrated upset detection and correction architecture to provide reliable “order of magnitude” improvements in computing power over traditional radiation-hardened flight systems.

Software Performance Testing at GSFC

Having passed the standard suite of component and board-level electrical tests,
this GEN6000 unit is set up at NASA GSFC for a final 2-week long test using flight-like software.

Space Avionics

Space Avionics

OVERVIEW

Our class 100K avionic lab houses a skilled manufacturing team backed by experienced designers. We utilize board layout design software and a wide range of equipment.

our equipment

Automated Stencil Printer

Wave Solder Machine

Electrovert OmniFlo
10-Hot Gas 
Reflow Oven

Mycronics Automated Pick and Place

Aqueous Cleaner

Conformal Coat Equipment

Rehm Thermal System

 

CondensoXS Vacuum

Condensation Soldering System

Circuit Card Assembly(CCA) Lamination

Class Zero Workstations

Lead Forming and Tinning

Forced Hot Gas Rework Station

NIST Calibration Requirement

Genesis is licensed to produce and market the NASA GSFC SpaceCube 2.0 design, GEN6000, which utilizes reconfigurable processor technology.

Our end-to-end Space Avionics capabilities include 
the following demonstrated circuit card processes which meet all NASA requirements:

Surface Mount Technology

— Leadless Chip Carriers

— Ball Grid Array (1760)

— Column Grid Array (1760)

— Chip Capacitors/ Resistors

— TSOP & Flatpack

— Lamination Process

    2 PWBs Mounted to Heatsink

— Hypertronics cPCI Connectors

Avionic and Electrical Certifications

IPC J-STD-001– Space Addendum to IPC J-STD-001 Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Connections

NASA-STD-8739.3 – Soldered Electrical Connections

NASA-STD-8739.4 – Crimping, Interconnecting Cables, Harnesses and Wiring

 

NASA-STD-8739.1 Polymeric Application and Inspection

NASA-STD 8739.1 Mate/Demate connector training

300-PG-8730.6.1 ESD Control Plan

Cleanroom

Confined Space

Electrical

Electrical

OVERVIEW

We’re known for the quality and innovation of the custom Electrical Hardware we build for the aerospace industry. Our manufacturing team fabricates flight hardware, and equipment for critical ground support testing.

We also offer clients our Counterfeit Detection Program which uses an XRF Machine to detect counterfeit components and prohibitive materials to ensure they’re receiving reliable parts.

Whether your design needs to be built-to-print, or your concept flows from our electrical design team, your electrical hardware will be custom fabricated to NASA aerospace standards.

Electrical products

— Flight Hardware – Harness and Cables with supporting documentation and certifications.

— Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE) for Environmental Testing (TVac and Vibration)

— Test Racks

— Custom Breakout Boxes and Cables

Current electrical
project support

Radar for Europa Assessment and Sounding: Ocean to Near Surface (REASON)

Multi Angle Imager for Aerosols (MAIA)

Restore L

X-ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission (XRISM)
(formerly XARM)

Electrical capabilities

DESIGN

Flight and non flight harnessing, Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE) interface boxes and equipment racks, simulators and data acquisition equipment

FABRICATION

Flight and non flight harnessing, Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE) interface boxes and equipment racks, simulators and data acquisition equipment

INTEGRATION

Harness layout and integration

TEST

Harness, Electronics box, Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE) Certification, flight electronics procedure generation and implementation

DOCUMENTATION

Includes End Item Data Package complete with As Built Test Verifications such as High Pot and Continuity Testing

DELIVER

Hand carry delivery, insured shipping or integration as appropriate