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...
March 5, 2018 / Dan Goebel
What does a Chief Engineer do on NASA’s Psyche Mission… and how did I get this gig?
People have asked me what a Chief Engineer does. Here’s what I think they do (I hope the Psyche management team agrees), and also how I got to be one.
February 13, 2018 / Kari Sanford
Kari’s Psyche-dellic Experiences
My first exploration of an “all-metal” world was in seventh grade. Little did I know, I’d be contributing in two different ways to a “heavy metal” NASA mission.