Mechanical Integrated Services and Technologies - (MIST)

Mechanical Integrated Services and Technologies


​Northrop Grumman, as a subcontractor to ATA Aerospace, (ATA), provides mechanical engineering support to the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) through the MIST contract. GSFC organizations served include: Code 540 Mechanical Systems Division (MSD), Instrument Systems and Technology Division (ISTD), Electrical Engineering Division (EED), and Mission Engineering and Systems Analysis (MESA) Division.

Under the contract, Northrop Grumman provides mechanical engineering services to study, design, fabricate, integrate, test, verify, and operate space flight, airborne, and ground system hardware for GSFC programs. Northrop Grumman also offers GSFC in-house experience and expertise, through its Manufacturing, Integration and Test Facility (MITF) in Beltsville, MD. The MITF is a full-service spaceflight certified facility, which has been used to design, build, and test flight qualified electrical harnesses and printed electronics boards to NASA space mission specifications and standards.

On the JWST program, Northrop Grumman provided deployed dynamic analysis support, which included support to the JWST Mechanical Systems Analysis Team. Northrop Grumman engineers performed a modal test on the JWST Pathfinder backplane and were primary contributors to the pre-test planning and post-test correlation.

Northrop Grumman dynamicists use the deployed JWST Observatory Finite Element Model (FEM) with the backplane reduced to predict the amount of jitter induced by vibration sources, such as the reaction wheels and cryocooler.
Programs currently supported are:

  • TIRS2 – Thermal Infrared Sensor II Instrument
  • JWST – James Webb Space Telescope
  • ISIM – Integrated Science Instrument Module
  • GOES-R – Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R series
  • ATLAS – Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System
  • LCRD – Laser Communication Relay Demonstration
  • GEDI – Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation

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