Government Space

Developing large space systems is fraught with technical, cost, and schedule risk, and ARES supports multiple programs and facilities across the Government Space market, providing methodologies and expertise that increase likelihood of mission success.

ARES supports or has supported seven NASA Centers, NASA Headquarters, the U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Command, and numerous prime and 2nd-tier contractors, including Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, ITT, ManTech, and Orbital.

Representative projects include:

  • Providing technical, cost, and schedule risk management across the NASA enterprise, supporting seven field centers and NASA Headquarters through a variety of contracts:
    • ARES is the prime contractor on the NASA International Space Station (ISS) Program Integration and Control contract, providing project management, business management, configuration management, data management, information technology, systems engineering, visiting vehicles, and safety and mission assurance support.
    • ARES is the prime contractor for Safety and Mission Assurance services to Glenn Research Center and is the prime contractor for the NASA Headquarters Engineering Support Services for the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance and Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, where it established and coordinates the NASA Headquarters Safety and Mission Success Review for each spaceflight mission and provides consulting and special projects support to NASA Headquarters Office of Safety and Mission Assurance and Exploration Systems Mission Directorate.
    • As the NASA Safety Center prime contractor for Process Based Mission Assurance, ARES runs NASA’s largest knowledge management system for safety and mission assurance.
  • Leading risk management, Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical (EEE) parts management, micro-meteor and orbital debris (MMOD) analysis, and reliability/maintainability task for a high-priority spacecraft.
  • Supporting avionics reliability analysis with Failure Mode, Effects, and Criticality Analysis (FMECA), Worst Case Analysis (WCA). Single Event Effects Analysis (SEEA), and Electrical Parts Stress Analysis (EPSA).
  • Performing a Probabilistic Risk Assessment of tile and wing leading edge debris impact damage capabilities and synthesizing analysis that resulted in a thicker window re-design on the Space Shuttle Orbiters.

ARES provides engineering, reliability and mission assurance, project management, and IT architecture and security support within the Government Space market.  Our support ranges from systems engineering efforts to lower the risk to successful ISS operations, to designing new NASA-wide audit and assessment processes to reduce the risk of unsuccessful missions, to developing knowledge management systems to mitigate the risk of a retiring, knowledgeable workforce not passing their knowledge to the next generation of Aerospace engineers, to performing probabilistic risk assessments to quantify the likelihood of high-consequence events and identify lower-risk, alternative approaches.