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Thermal Engineering Branch Projects

The Thermal Engineering Branch personnel support many of Goddard's Flight Projects and Instruments, as well as numerous DDFs, SBIRS, and Flight Experiments. Several groups within the Thermal Engineering Branch are involved in R & D activities.

Thermal Technology Development Flights

Other Missions Supported by the Thermal Engineering Branch

Other Missions Supported by the Thermal Engineering Branch

  • Medium Explorer Missions (MIDEX)
    • Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE)
    • Low Energy Neutral Atom (LENA) imager on the IMAGE spacecraft
  • Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) on the Mars Global Surveyor
  • Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer (MOMA) an instrument on the ExoMars Rover, scheduled for launch by the European Space Agency in 2020.
  • Magenetospheric Multi-Scale (MMS)
  • New Millennium Program, a NASA program to test new technologies on spacecraft
  • Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security -- Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REX)
  • Polar Operational Environmental Satellites
  • Reuven Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager RHESSI
  • Small Explorer Program (SMEX), a part of the Explorers program
    • Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite (a non-NASA, non-government link)(SWAS) (launched December 1998)
    • Transition Region and Coronal Explorer (TRACE) (launched April 1998)
    • Wide-Field Infrared Explorer (WIRE) (launched February 1999)
  • SAC-C, part of the Global Environmental & Earth Science Information System (GENESIS) program
  • Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP), scheduled for launch in 2015, will measure moisture using a radar and radiometer.
  • SPARTAN Project (208,400,401,251,402,ASCE) (SPARTANs were free-flying instruments launched and retrieved by the Space Shuttle. According to one source, the acronym stands for Shuttle Pointed Autonomous Research Tool for AstroNomy)
  • Shuttle Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet Spectrometer (SSBUV), a Shuttle payload used to calibrate instruments on unmanned satellites. Data taken by the SSBUV were compared with data taken by satellites, so that scientists could correct for any changes in the sensors on the satellites. SSBUV flew on eight Shuttle missions.
  • Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi-NPP), formerly NPOESS Preparatory Project, where NPOESS stands for National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System
  • Thermosphere Ionosphere Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics (TIMED) (a non-NASA, non government site.)
  • Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer (TOMS)
  • TopHat, a balloon payload for studying the cosmic microwave background, as a follow on to the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE)
  • Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) the communications system that NASA uses to communicate with satellites.
  • Triana, which was resurrected as DSCOVR
  • Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM)
  • UNEX
  • UltraViolet Coronagraph Spectrometer (UVCS) (a non-NASA link), an instrument on the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO)
  • Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), also called WFIRST-AFTA (for Astrophysics Focused Telescope Assets) is a proposal for a mission that will search from dark matter.
  • Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP)
  • X-Ray Detection System (XDS), an instrument on the Astro-E spacecraft

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