March 30, 2020 / Ernest Cisneros
What happens to the data collected by the Psyche Mission?
NASA space missions like Psyche collect data (images, spectra, etc) and send the data back to Earth, but what then? That’s where my job comes in as the Manager of the Psyche Science Data Center...
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...
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...
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.
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.
January 12, 2018 / Dan Goebel
Psyche is an SEP Mission…. What’s that mean?
I’ve had a lot of people come up to me and say: “I’ve heard about the Psyche mission, but what does SEP mean?”
January 3, 2018 / Lindy Elkins-Tanton
Happy Birthday Psyche: Year 1
We were selected for flight January 4, 2017…what have we been doing this year?
October 23, 2017 / Lindy Elkins-Tanton
Is it Football or is it Rocket Science?
One August morning this year I got an email saying, “Did you hear President Crow challenged the football team to perform as well as Psyche team?” What?
October 12, 2017 / Tess Calvert
Project Management — Start with the Basics
I’ve been a part of projects where, when things went sideways, we would calm everyone by saying “It’s going to be fine! It’s not rocket science!” This time, IT IS ROCKET SCIENCE!