SEE Expertise: Mission Concepts

We understand the many phases new ideas go through before becoming reality.

Whether a commercial space mission or a government-funded project, all space missions must be feasible. We realistically assess your mission concept based on our operational experience, to help you successfully fly and operate your satellites, including:

  • Trajectory designs to meet mission goals
  • Launch vehicle comparisons
  • Constellation designs
  • Fuel budgeting
  • Propulsion system comparisons
  • Ground and space-based tracking systems
  • Predicted system performance
  • Communications planning
  • Sensor geometry

During early mission planning, we identify timelines, define requirements, and provide analysis supporting satellite hardware and software decisions. By examining real scenarios with actual numbers in the early mission concept phase, we help program managers make well-informed decisions the first time, saving time and money down the road.

OUR OTHER AREAS OF EXPERTISE

PROJECT & SOFTWARE FACILITATORS

Space exploration and space commerce require complex system engineering and project management. However, there is often a knowledge gap in understanding how to effectively apply project management and software development methodology for satellite operations. Our experts fill this gap, coaching and training teams in software application and project management throughout the mission lifecycle, from mission concept to operations.

TECHNICAL DUE DILIGENCE & REVIEWS

We investigate the feasibility of proposed solutions, and identify gaps. We compare plans with current technology, evaluate development timelines. We investigate dependencies and illuminate risks.

ASTROGATION

We design trajectories to meet mission needs, and develop launch windows and propellant budgets. We analyze tracking systems and perform error analysis, calculating how well the orbits will be known during operations.

FLIGHT DYNAMICS & OPERATIONS

We plan orbit maneuvers, and calibrate engines. We perform orbit determination and collision avoidance operations. We plan attitude profiles to meet communication and navigation needs.