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Systems engineering

SSAI supported instrument engineering on SAGE III, including this “sun-look” test conducted in a NASA Langley Research Center clean room. SSAI supported instrument engineering on
SAGE III, including this "sun-look" test conducted in
a NASA Langley Research Center clean room.
Credit: NASA
As engineering projects and project life cycles become more complex, systems engineers develop plans to ensure precise integration of each project element. SSAI systems engineers provide our customers with full life-cycle support, making sure that all project elements meet rigorous specifications and overall project timelines. Our disciplined approach clearly defines project schedules, identifies potential risks, and develops mitigation strategies to make sure no risk jeopardizes any project.

As one of the most complex systems ever developed, the International Space Station (ISS) maintains strict specifications for the research modules it carries. SSAI supported the integration of the SAGE III Integrated Research Pallet, slated to fly on the ISS in 2015 and beyond. As the Integrated Research Pallet was adapted to meet ISS requirements, SSAI systems engineers monitored multiple modification processes, provided technical input on proposed system components, and ensured that the project stayed on schedule. We took a holistic approach to the project, monitoring potential risks and developing a monthly risk analysis. All of these efforts helped to keep the SAGE III modifications on schedule and ready for integration on the ISS.

At the NASA Langley Research Center, SSAI systems and software engineers and technicians support a broad range of hardware and software systems for the Atmospheric Science Data Center (ASDC). We identify needed hardware and software, implement approved system designs, and operate the data center. Our engineers help to coordinate all of these diverse systems to meet the unique needs of the ASDC’s worldwide user community.