Spacecraft

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Miller Engineering & Research Corporation (MERC) employees have supported many satellite projects over the years and have current focus areas in support of those projects. Our primary areas of focus are:


Systems Engineering

MERC has extensive experience in system engineering not only with NASA, but also within the DoD, including the missile defense industry, and with the commercial aircraft industry. MERC can define user requirements, develop A-level requirements, provide specifications, develop sub-system level (B-level) requirements and specifications, and provide work packages to meet these requirements (C-level). MERC is effective at working with the user community, whether scientists or the warfighter, to ensure their requirements are understood and addressed as part of any task we perform.  This systems-level approach is built into MERC product deliverables.


Integration & Test

MERC has extensive integration and test experience. Much of this was gained within the commercial aircraft industry and within NASA’s sub-orbital sounding rocket program. These programs allowed for a cradle-to-grave experience that all programs follow no matter the level of complexity or program period of performance. The key to success in the integration and test environment is knowing how to proceed when things go wrong, knowing how to effectively evaluate test forensics, and make sound decisions that “do no harm” to the unit or payload under test. Our test experience includes:


Structural Analysis

MERC’s expertise in structural analysis is forged on work performed for both commercial and government satellite projects. This enables us to efficiently provide high fidelity analysis that can pass rigorous peer review. Our most recent experience includes analysis for the following projects:


Electro-Mechanical Mechanism Design

MERC has many years of experience working with NASA in the development of electro-mechanical systems for spaceflight, beginning with the Sounding Rocket Division. These mechanisms supported the science objectives of the mission by allowing for instrument viewing and protection after the data collection phase is completed.  This included large motorized door systems for x-ray observations and smaller end viewing systems for telescopes. The knowledge gained with the sounding rocket division was re-used to support the attached space shuttle payloads in the form of motorized door assemblies for the “Getaway Special” and “Hitchhiker” Programs. This included redundant systems for electric motor failures and system is ensure pressure differentials were adequate before the door was opened to the vacuum of space. This included initial design, prototype testing, final design, thermal vacuum testing, and vibration testing.


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