CE Systems Engineers provide overall
conceptual design and performance prediction for projects, as well as
specialized support in those engineering areas that require a high
degree of cross disciplinary knowledge. The group's broad experience
enables them to provide engineering services that range from tightly
focused support in a specialty area to overall systems responsibility
for large projects. They have particular expertise in ground and
space-based astronomy hardware, and the ability to translate scientific
requirements into realistic and robust designs. Specific experience
- Conceptual design and trade studies.
- Thermal system
design and analysis, for both space and ground-based telescopes and
- Optical systems design and analysis.
engineering documentation, including specifications and requirements,
error budgets, and performance prediction.
- Control Systems,
including spacecraft pointing and attitude, aspect determination, and
active control of mechanical systems.
- Test Support, including
software for data acquisition, real-time data capture, and test data
Specific software tools available to support systems and
thermal engineering work include:
- Thermal modelers: SINDA, TRASYS,
TAK-3, RadCad, TMG, etc.)
- General Analysis: SDRC I-DEAS, MathCad, and
- Visual Data Analysis: PV-Wave, IDL, pgplot, smongo.
- Optical Modeling and Analysis: OSAC, Code V.
- SAO developed software:
Systems engineering staff also write specialized software when needed.
Central Engineering operates a number of newly constructed engineering laboratories at Cambridge Discovery Park, including a large assembly, test, and calibration area and a dedicated Materials/Thermal Test Laboratory. Among the equipment
available to support systems and thermal engineering are:
These are described in more detail here
- Optical benches and surface plates
- Clean tents and flow benches
- Thermal chambers
- Data acquisition equipment, both analog and computerized
- Vacuum systems
- X-ray test facilities
Current and Recently Completed Projects