August 6, 2019 / Bill Hart
Some thoughts on trade studies
When I was an undergrad student at a university in northern Indiana with a penchant for football, Wednesday and Thursday nights were reserved for one thing: homework. I wasn’t necessarily driven...
July 31, 2019 / Addison Iwanaga & Eric Smith
Two Universities, Two Disciplines, One Project: Perspectives of a Project Manager and an Engineer
Since August 2017, the Psyche Mission has engaged hundreds of undergraduate students in working on capstone projects related to the mission. Capstone courses are culminating courses that give...
March 26, 2019 / Steve Scott
Psyche Spacecraft Sails through NASA Design Review
After completing an extensive NASA design review, humanity is one-step closer to exploring an all-metal world called 16 Psyche. As previously announced, Maxar’s Space Solutions team is working...
February 25, 2019 / Brenton Chase
My Journey to Psyche
I was born with muscular dystrophy, a disease that gradually deteriorates my muscle in stages throughout my life. I thought that it would one day limit what I am able to do. This spurred an interest...
November 5, 2018 / CJ Shafer
Psyche’s Narratives: A Student Intern’s Literary View of the Psyche Mission
When I was a little girl, I liked to read a book full of illustrated Greek myths. There were stories of thrilling heroes and grotesque monsters, of epic quests and tragic failures. Origin stories,...
October 24, 2018 / Lindy Elkins-Tanton
It’s the festive completion of the mission’s formulation stage What’s a PDR? A Preliminary Design Review. The objective is to evaluate the project’s readiness to proceed with implementation,...
July 26, 2018 / David Oh
“How Building Psyche is like Making a Movie…”
What are Psyche’s Systems Engineers doing now? I’m David Oh, and this is my second time writing for the Psyche Blog. As Psyche’s Project Systems Engineer, I lead a team responsible for...
July 11, 2018 / Lindy Elkins-Tanton
Planning to measure an unknown asteroid
Instrument robustness when you don’t know what you’re going to see We’ve got a leading hypothesis about the asteroid (16) Psyche: it is the metal core of a tiny planet that had its rocky...
June 6, 2018 / Bill Hart
Some Thoughts on Requirements
There is one question that I get routinely, from both those inside and outside the engineering industry: “What exactly does a systems engineer do?”
April 19, 2018 / Lindy Elkins-Tanton
Adventures in AcronymLand
In honor of Psyche mission’s PMSR, our first big review, I post here all the year’s tweets on NASA acronyms.
April 9, 2018 / Lindy Elkins-Tanton
How do we estimate the resources we need to cover future unknowns? In every flight project — indeed in every complex project — the costs tend to go up over time from the first estimates...