GEDI

Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation

OVERVIEW

The Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) lidar will reveal the 3-D architecture of forests. The unprecedented detail of these measurements will provide crucial information about the impact that trees have on the amount of carbon in the atmosphere.

GENESIS INVOLVEMENT

In addition to providing general engineering expertise, our activity and support for the GEDI project includes:

— Assisting with the design, configuration and maintenance of the GEDI laser and BDU experimental setups and build facilities

— Performing incoming acceptance inspections of ETU and flight parts for the laser and BDU

— Assisting as needed with design changes to the laser and BDU systems

— Writing and carrying out flight level procedures and work orders

— Supporting the assembly of the laser and BDU systems

— Logistics assistance on the GEDI laser and BDU including manufacturing process flow, parts tracking and delivery

— Documenting work performed in reports and presentations

— Thermal Blankets

MUSTANG

mustang oci icdu electronics box
Modular Unified Space Technology Avionics for Next Generation

OVERVIEW

Goddard Space Flight Center’s new generation of spacecraft control electronics and science Instrument Data Processing Unit (IDPU) electronics design is nearly complete.

GENESIS INVOLVEMENT

  • OCI Optical Analysis
  • Printed Wiring Board Design
  • Electrical / FPGA Design
  • Integration & Test
  • Hardware Procurement
  • PWA Manufacturing

DETAILS

Modular Unified Space Technology Avionics for Next Generation (MUSTANG), also known as MMS Derived Avionics (MDA), was developed using GSFC internal funds and funds from the Goddard Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission. It is baselined for PACE, the Goddard Ocean Color Instrument (OCI), the Goddard Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) Power Controller Unit, and the JPL Multi-Angle Imager for Aerosols (MAIA) Instrument Electronics. The designs, although not the form factor, for the processor, comm card, low voltage power supply, power monitor card, solar array module, segment module, heater module, and engine valve driver have been adopted by the WFIRST project. The Goddard team has worked closely with key Goddard contractors, such as Genesis Engineering, who supported the design and manufacture of a number the MUSTANG cards.

OCI PACE

Ocean Color Instrument - Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem

OVERVIEW

Measuring the color of the ocean provides important information about the health of the Earth’s oceans. The ocean is composed of many different substances which can contribute to the scattering of light at different wavelengths. One important substance is phytoplankton (marine based algae) which contributes to the greenish color of the ocean and is used to monitor and is an important sink for carbon dioxide.

GENESIS INVOLVEMENT

OCI Optical Analysis

We are supporting the OCI (Ocean Color Instrument) by working in the analysis of the OCI optical system. Stray light can interfere with the quality of the OCI measurements by affecting its accuracy. Stray light analysis helps to ensure that the OCI is measuring what it intends to and that most of the errant light entering the optical system is blocked by the detector. Optical tolerancing analysis provides an overall uncertainty budget in the optical systems ensuring that the instrument will meet its goals.

OCI Thermal Radiator

We are supporting the OCI by working in the analysis of the OCI optical system. Stray light can interfere with the quality of the OCI measurements by affecting its accuracy. Stray light analysis helps to ensure that the OCI is measuring what it intends to and that most of the errant light entering the optical system is blocked by the detector. Optical tolerancing analysis provides an overall uncertainty budget in the optical systems ensuring that the instrument will meet its goals.

Roman Space Telescope (RST)

Roman Space Telescope (formerly known as WFIRST)

OVERVIEW

RST (Roman Space Telescope) is a NASA observatory designed to settle essential questions in the areas of dark energy, exoplanets, and infrared astrophysics.

GENESIS INVOLVEMENT

  • Design (Composites)
  • Project Management
  • Manufacturing of Mockup/Demonstration Unit
  • Electrical PWB design
  • Electrical harness fabrication
  • Design development for avionics
  • EGSE hardware development
  • Critical MGSE hardware development
  • Optics development

Practical Solutions Demonstrated

Design Engineers develop demonstration unit with Composite Materials.

Instrument Carrier showing assembly integration with two instruments.

Demonstrating Interfaces and Integration of Primary Structures

LCRD

Laser Communications Relay Demonstration

OVERVIEW

The Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) mission is NASA’s first, long duration optical communications mission. The project will help mature concepts and deliver technologies applicable to both near- Earth and deep space communication network missions.

The investigation will enable a variety of robust, future science and exploration missions, providing a higher data rate and delivering more accurate navigation capabilities with reduced size, weight and power requirements.

GENESIS INVOLVEMENT

  • Technology Consultant
  • Project Management
  • Structural Analysis
  • Optical Module 1 and 2 Blankets

Projects

PROJECTS

Our Work is Our Calling Card.

NASA faced a critical challenge associated with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Serving Missions. They needed to transport the sensitive Orbital Replacement Unit (ORU) to and from the Telescope. They came to Genesis with this question: “How do you get components as brittle as an egg, as sensitive to sound as fine crystal, and as temperamental to vibration as a house of cards, shot out of a cannon and have it arrive in one piece?”  

This is the kind of engineering challenge that we love to tackle.  

We’ve provided advanced engineering products to some of the nation’s most exciting space programs, including the Hubble Space Telescope and the James Webb Space Telescope.