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Company Overview of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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Key Executives for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Deputy Director for Science, Operations and Program Performance
Director of The Marshall Space Flight Center - NASA
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2016.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Key Developments

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Goddard Releases Open Source Core Flight Software System Application Suite to Public

The Innovative Technology Partnerships Office at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center announced the release of its core Flight System (cFS) Application Suite to the public. The cFS application suite is composed of 12 individual Command and Data Handling (C&DH) flight software applications that together create a reusable library of common C&DH functions. The cFS application suite allows developers to rapidly configure and deploy a significant portion of the C&DH software system for new missions, test platforms and prototypes, resulting in reduced schedule and cost. The cFS framework takes advantage of a rich heritage of successful NASA Goddard flight software efforts and addresses the challenges of rapidly increasing software development costs and schedules due to constant changes and advancements in hardware. Flight software complexity is expected to increase dramatically in coming years and the cFS provides a means to manage the growth and accommodate changes in flight system designs. The core Flight Executive (cFE) and the Operating System Abstraction Library (OSAL) are two cFS components previously released as open source. These two components provide a platform-independent application runtime environment. The 12 applications in this release provide C&DH functionality common to most spacecraft Flight Software (FSW) systems. This means the current suite of cFS open source applications now provide a complete FSW system including a layered architecture with user-selectable and configurable features. These architectural features coupled with an implementation targeted for embedded software platforms makes the cFS suitable for reuse on any number of flight projects and/or embedded software systems at very significant cost savings. Each component in the system is a separate loadable file and are available to download free of cost at the links listed in the table. The complete cFS software suite will fully support the cFS user community and future generations of cFS spacecraft platforms and configurations. The cFS community expects the number of reusable applications to continue to grow as the user community expands.

NASA Goddard Signs Exclusive Patent License with Millennium Space Systems

The Innovative Technology Partnerships Office (ITPO) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center announced the signing of an exclusive production license with Millennium Space Systems of El Segundo. This exclusive license allows Millennium Space Systems to produce and market NASA Goddard's patented Demisable Integrated Reaction Wheel Assembly (DIRWA) for satellite platforms that can range in mass from a few hundred pounds to several thousand pounds. Made from aluminum, which has a low melting point, the demisable momentum wheels do not require controlled re-entry into Earth's atmosphere, thus reducing the costs for satellite end of life mitigation scenarios.

Millennium Space Systems Finalizes an Exclusive Production License for Patented 'Demisable Integrated Reaction Wheel Assembly' from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Millennium Space Systems announced that it has finalized an exclusive production license for the patented 'Demisable Integrated Reaction Wheel Assembly' (DIRWA) from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. This exclusive license establishes the milestone point to kick off the production at Millennium, which will result in a new market capability, bringing significantly affordable, high-reliability reaction wheel products for its AQUILA M4 and M8 class platforms, and other medium to large satellite platforms ranging in mass from a few hundred kilograms to several thousand kilograms. The DIRWA is an 80 Newton-meter-second reaction wheel, used to precisely point and slew large and medium satellites. Key to the DIRWA technology is that the flywheel and stator are made of aluminum, a material with a relatively low melting point, that disintegrates on re-entry, hence 'demisable' (as opposed to traditional reaction wheels that use steel or titanium which history has shown, don't entirely burn up on re-entry). The DIRWA wheels were flown on NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) that has been operational since June 2009, and more recently on NASA'sGlobal Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory, which has been operational since February 2014.

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