The Colorado Space Grant Consortium and the experience it provides to students is strengthened by its many partnerships. Below is a partial list of the NASA centers, industries, and organizations with which we are teaming.
-Air Force Research Laboratory
-Ames Research Center
-Analytical Graphics Inc
-Center for Environmental Technology
-Composite Technology Development
-General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems
-Goddard Space Flight Center - NASA
-Jet Propulsion Laboratory - NASA
-Marshall Space Flight Center
-National Snow and Ice Data Center
-Planetary Systems Corporation
-Sierra Nevada Corporation
- Wallops Flight Facility - NASA
Air Force Research Laboratory:
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is the heart of science and technology for the United States Air Force. The men and women of AFRL are creating the Air Force of the future-turning science fiction into science fact. AFRL is responsible for developing the systems crucial to aerospace superiority. With a team of more than 5,200 scientists, engineers, and support personnel throughout the world, the Air Force Research Laboratory is one of the most exciting organizations in the Air Force. Because our employees are up close and personal with the discovery, development, and integration of cutting-edge technologies, AFRL presents some of the most rewarding career opportunities anywhere.
AFRL is organized into nine technology directorates plus the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Each technology directorate performs, procures, and synthesizes basic research, exploratory technology development, and advanced technology development within its areas of responsibility.
Founded in 1939, NASA Ames has evolved into one of the nation's premiere research labs in support of NASA missions and the nations Vision for Space Exploration. Located in California's Silicon Valley, NASA Ames has created partnerships with leading universities and high-technology industry leaders, bringing the scientific and corporate communities together in efforts to advance human knowledge and explore the unknown.
Analytical Graphics, Inc.:
AGI delivers mission-proven software for timely and cost-effective development and deployment of advanced space, defense and intelligenceapplications. AGI products are used for modeling, engineering andoperations in the areas of space, cyberspace, aircraft, missiledefense, C4ISR and electronic systems. They can be purchased as ready-to-use applications, development tools or turnkey solutions.
Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation:
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.'s vision is to be a global leader providing advanced imaging, communications, and information solutions to the government and commercial aerospace markets.
Ball Aerospace offers employees, customers, and other stakeholders the opportunities and technical solutions to turn their visions into reality by believing in outstanding people, technical excellence, professional freedom and creativity, unwavering integrity, and business excellence.
We conduct domestic and international business in the defense, civil space, and commercial arenas, providing best value and innovative solutions. Ball Aerospace supports national policy-makers, the military services, NASA, and other U.S. government agencies, as well as numerous aerospace industry allies.
Composite Technology Development:
CTD is a unique company that merges the development of original materials with incisive engineering methods to provide our customers with innovative solutions for their specific technology and system needs.
Our mission is to develop enabling engineered materials solutions for composites, insulation, adhesives, and coatings for cryogenic, space, and other harsh environments.
General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (GDAIS), headquartered in Arlington, Va., is a leading provider of transformational mission solutions in command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR). GDAIS has a rich heritage of providing government and commercial customers in the defense, intelligence and homeland security communities with superior customer satisfaction through flawless execution and continual improvement.
General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of the General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD), operates as one of four companies in the Information Systems and Technology group. General Dynamics is one of the largest technology companies in the world, employing 67,600 people and holding market leading positions in mission-critical information systems and technologies, land and amphibious combat systems, shipbuilding and marine systems, and business aviation.
Goddard Space Flight Center
Goddard's role as a leader in technology and science is as alive today as it was in 1959 when Explorer Vl, under Goddard project management, provided the world with its first image of Earth from space.
Goddard is the lead Center in NASA's Earth Science Enterprise (ESE), which is NASA's long term, coordinated researcheffort to study the Earth as a global environmental system. The Earth Observing System (EOS) is the centerpiece of the Enterprise and is managed by Goddard. EOS features a series of polar orbiting and low inclination satellites for global observations of the land surface, biosphere, solid Earth, atmospheres and oceans.
Goddard managed the highly successful first servicing mission of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) in December 1993. The mission to correct the vision of the telescope's optical components, was described as the most challenging satellite servicing mission NASA has ever attempted. Goddard is also the home of the Space Telescope Operations Control Center (STOCC). The STOCC is the nerve center for HST where all commands for the telescope originate. From this location, project managers and engineers control the observatory, retrieve data, and maintain an around-the-clock vigil of HST. The health and safety of HST, efficient operation and flight system engineering of the observatory also are the responsibility of Goddard. The Space Telescope Science Institute, a user facility where the scientific observing program is formulated on behalf of the astronomical community, is likewise managed by Goddard.
Goddard is also responsible for the procurement, development and verification testing of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES). GOES is a geostationary weather satellite system developed and launched by NASA for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The latest and most sophisticated satellite, GOES-L (11), was launched in May 2000. GOES provides atmospheric image, temperature and humidity profile, wind velocity data and severe storm coverage of the Earth's western hemisphere. NASA and NOAA are in a cooperative program to continue the GOES system with the launch of new generation GOES spacecraft throughout the decade.
A new generation of space missions to explore the solar system and the universe beyond is unfolding at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
The American space age began January 31, 1958, with the launch of the first U.S. satellite, Explorer 1, built and controlled by JPL. In the four decades since then, JPL has led the world in exploring all of the solar systems known planets, except Pluto, with robotic spacecraft. The tools developed at JPL for its spacecraft expeditions to other planets have also proved invaluable in providing new insights and discoveries in studies of Earth, its atmosphere, climate, oceans, geology and the biosphere.
Entering the new millennium as the 21st century begins, JPL continues as a world leader in science and technology, breaking new ground in the miniaturization and efficiency of spacecraft components. At the same time, the Laboratory is pushing the sensitivity of space sensors and broadening their applications for a myriad of scientific, medical, industrial and commercial uses on Earth.
JPL is a federally funded research and development facility managed by the California Institute of Technology for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
The sky's not the limit at Lockheed Martin, where we're helping our customers turn vision into reality with critical space missions. We're harnessing the power of space with capable, efficient and cost-effective systems to help businesses and governments, citizens and entrepreneurs, scientists and peacekeepers move our world from what is, to what can be.
Lockheed Martin capabilities address the complete range of space systems requirements including launch services; the design, manufacture and integration of on-orbit systems; and spacecraft operations on the ground. The goal: An integrated approach with a commitment to performance that provides assured and reliable access to space, and focuses on cost effective solutions.
At Lockheed Martin, we bring the advantages of space-based systems down to Earth. Breakthroughs in telecommunications, navigation, remote sensing, space transportation, and planetary explorations are changing the way we talk, see, think, work and live.
Examples of critical missions our space systems and technologies support include:
-Support to the human space flight program
-Orbiting observatories and telescopes that extend the field of vision to the very origins of life
-Critical national security payloads that gather intelligence and provide protected connectivity
-Sophisticated spacecraft that capture high-resolution images and relay information back to Earth
We realize that for our customers, critical space payloads represent their future. When it's time to put their future into orbit, we only have one chance to get it right. From national security to telecommunications, weather forecasting to planetary exploration, every mission is critical. Our customers are relentlessly focused on their missions. And so are we.
Marshall Space Flight Center:
PSC was founded in 1998 with the goal of providing high-quality, affordable mechanical systems to the aerospace industry. PSC has invested over two million dollars and nearly five years of R&D to produce the Lightband
Every flight Lightband is tested for strength, stiffness, separation reliability, thermal vacuum, and vibration. Our goal is 99% reliability with 95% confidence rating. Performance is demonstrated through rigorous test verification; we have a 100% success rate.
Sierra Nevada Corporation:
Sierra Nevada Corporation is a world-class aerospace prime systems integrator and our Space Systems business area develops high performance, innovative components and systems that are changing how we reach, explore, and utilize space. Our products range from spacecraft actuators that power the Mars rovers, to hybrid rocket technologies that powered the first commercial astronaut to space, and from microsatellites controlled by the Internet to Dream Chaser™, a winged and piloted orbital commercial spacecraft. SNC's Space Systems products innovate, enable and perform.
SpaceWorks has career opportunities for motivated, skilled, experienced individuals that are ready to develop exceptional space systems.
-Senior Electrical Systems Engineer
-Senior Mechanical Systems Engineer
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